Mandisa, a former contestant on American Idol, has an album coming out on March 24. She has also lost 75 pounds “without surgery” as the media always takes pains to point out. And is now talking about it in People magazine.
Following a routine of cardio workouts five days a week, a diet heavy on salads, lean meats and fiber, and counseling to work on her childhood issues, she’s dropped more than 75 lbs. “Being able to fit into clothes I couldn’t before is great,” she says. “To be able to walk into a room and not feel self-conscious, I don’t ever remember feeling this way.”
She plans to continue her new routine for life but remains realistic. “I want to be healthy, and I believe my body will get to whatever it’s supposed to be,” she says. “It could be a size 8 – but personally I like a girl with a little meat on her bones! I don’t need to look like the models on the magazine covers in order to be beautiful.”
I have mixed feelings whenever I hear about something like this: sadness that she couldn’t feel “self-confident” and “free” and unselfconscious before she lost weight; apprehension that as her weight cycles, she’s going to start on this cycle of headlines: MANDISA GAINS WEIGHT BACK! MANDISA DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS! MANDISA GETTING FAT! ala Carnie Wilson and ten zillion other celebrities who have been in this position; compassion for what she went through being mocked by the likes of Simon Cowell for her weight on national television; happy that she’s supposedly not dieting herself down to a stick (and that she’s using size 8 as her benchmark of skinnyness, not size 0); sadness that another fat-chick icon is not quite such a fat-chick icon anymore; not wanting her on my team anyway because didn’t she turn out to be a homophobe; feeling that it’s none of my business what size her body is.
Mandisa also linked her own weight to being sexually abused, a link that we’ve talked about before:
The Grammy-nominated Christian singer’s weight battle was borne of early trauma – she was sexually molested as a child and raped at 16. “A lot of girls turn to men to fill that void and some turn to drugs. I turned to food as my drug of choice.”
I am very happy, at least, that she’s going to therapy to work through these issues, and have nothing but sympathy for her as far as that’s concerned.
Via CDAN (who also has a picture of curvy Kelly Clarkson in that entry… Kelly! You are hot!).
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