Incredible Shrinking Women

Celeb Weight Loss
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 08, 2009

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Plus-size diva Mo’Nique is just one of several stars who’ve slimmed down while still embracing her curves. Her husband and children inspired her to get healthier.

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Mo’Nique is candid about her weight and shares that she’s always had more to love. Her decision to slim down after declaring “Skinny Women Are Evil,” was not for the physical but for a longer life. With the help of a trainer and a determined will she dropped sizes and gained health.

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Jordin Sparks won over the “American Idol” judges and millions, snagging the crown in 2007 at 17. Winning the title gave her a confidence boost, a busy schedule, a new reason to hit the gym.

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A little slimmer, Jordin Sparks continues to embrace her curves, as shown here during her return to “American Idol” back in May.

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Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah has had a successful career in movies, music and television, breaking Hollywood’s definition of a leading lady. She joined Jenny Craig in 2008 to drop just 20 pounds to feel healthier.

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The Queen signed on for another year of support from Jenny Craig to maintain her weight loss in 2009 and encourages women to get encouragement to achieve their fitness goals.

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Jennifer Hudson’s first step into fame included big hair and her big voice on the “American Idol” stage.

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The Oscar and Grammy winner returned to the “American Idol” stage in 2008 with less weight and more fame. The help of a personal trainer and being conscious of her food decisions helped Hudson shed the weight.

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Tyra Banks got more than she bargained for when Toccara Jones joined “America’s Next Top Model” with a personality as big as her curvy waistline. Jones didn’t win the contest, but she did win fans for representing for average-size women.

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Toccara took her desire to shape up public by joining the cast of “Celebrity Fit Club.” Vocal that she felt fabulous the way she was but wanted to tone, the BET correspondent lost 32 pounds on the show.

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The idea of being photographed in a swimsuit motivated comedian and actress Sherri Shepherd to slim down, and she’s chronicling her weight loss journey on “The View.”

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Shepherd’s making progress but she’s hit a few hurdles. While visiting Los Angeles recently, she tweeted she’s indulged in a few fried-food favorites. To her chagrin, the tweets were read by her trainer and nutritional coach. Having others involved in your weight loss helps keep you accountable.

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Regal actress Phylicia Rashad decided to shape up to feel better and gain energy, and signed on with Jenny Craig as their spokesperson.

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Rashad continues to lose weight and her busy Broadway schedule helps her stay active. Finding activities you like is vital to healthy weight loss.

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“American Idol” finalist Mandisa was inspired to shape up after visiting Mt. Rushmore.

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