12 Women with Successful Weight Loss Journeys

200312443-001Don’t worry Rob Kardashian, you’re not alone when it comes to struggling with extra pounds. Many women have struggled with weight loss while other have triumphantly transformed their bodies to become slim and trim. Sometimes all it needs is a little encouragement and inspiration.

Flip through to see which women were able to win their battle with their weight.

 

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Oprah Winfrey

Ever since her emergence onto television in the late 1980s, Oprah has struggled with losing weight. She would often lose weight and gain it and then drop the pounds once again. Most recently in 2012, the big O shared how she shed 25 pounds in six weeks. Since then, the 58-year-old has been able to keep the weight off.

 

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Janet Jackson

Though she has remained sexy during most of her career, Ms. Jackson's weight was fluctuating at one point. Fans were in awe when photos would surface of MJ’s lil sis looking wider than usual sporting baggy sweatsuits. In 2012, an ad for Nutrisystem surfaced with Janet sporting a new body that was over 50 pounds lighter and dishing on how Nutrisystem helped her shed the weight. In her book that was released that same year, "True You: A  Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself," Janet admitted that she was an “emotional eater” and discussed always struggling with her own self image. 

 

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Missy Elliott

When Missy Elliott emerged with her 2002 Under Construction album, the Supa Dupa Fly femcee was slim and trim sporting a slew of colorful Adidas track suits. It wasn’t until 2011 until Missy talked about the real reasons behind her weight loss. The Virginia native revealed that she had Graves disease, an incurable autoimmune disorder caused by an overactive thyroid. The medication that she was taking caused her to pick up an extra 30 pounds. When she resurfaced in J. Cole’s “Nobody’s Perfect” video, it looked like she was doing fine at keeping the weight off. 

 

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Jazmine Sullivan

When Jazmine Sullivan popped up on Instagram early last year, it was obvious that while she was on hiatus from music she decided to occupy her time with exercise. The amount of weight the Philly songstress lost is unknown but one thing is for sure, she looked amazing!

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Chaka Khan

People were amazed when Chaka Khan appeared on the American Idol finale in May of 2012  in a skin tight brown and glittery catsuit that showed off a much slimmer waistline. In an interview with JET magazine she said  “I went on a total liquid diet. Everything I put in my mouth was liquid for a whole year. I did some dance classes and walking, stuff I like to do. I didn’t like to grunt on freaking machines.” This workout plan helped the 40-year-veteran lose a whopping 75 pounds. 

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Jennifer Hudson

Over a four year period, Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson was able to lose 80 pounds with the assistance of Weight Watchers. The American Idol alumna said that her motivation to get fit was the pounds she packed on during her pregnancy. "I didn't realize it was me. I was like, 'Who? ... Oh, my God, this is me.' And now when I look back, wow, look at the difference from then to now," she told the Huffington Post earlier this year. In March of this year, the Chicago native parted ways with Weight Watchers to focus on her career.

 

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Snooki

Jersey Shore star Nicole Polizzi aka Snooki has always been curvaceous but after giving birth to her son Lorenzo, the reality star looked to diet and exercise to help her get rid of the 45 pounds she gained while carrying him. The 25-year-old says she now works out five days a week and sticks to her healthy diet.

“I love my vegetables, so I eat veggies everyday — broccoli, asparagus, green beans,” she said. “I also love to eat grilled chicken, and gluten-free chicken wraps. Salads are also my favorite, especially with chicken and protein,” she told ABC News last year. 

 

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Jessica Simpson

In 2012, Jessica Simpson lost 60 pounds in six months but gained weight again after having another baby. The 33-year-old singer announced in March of this year that she reached her goal weight once again after losing 50 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers, whom she is now a spokesperson for.

 

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Amber Rose

Wiz's wifey Amber Rose says that she exercised and followed a healthy diet while pregnant, which made it easier for her to slim down to the same size she was before she gave birth to her son, Sebastian. In her caption for the above picture she  posted last year,she wrote:

"I'm almost at my goal weight. Just 7 pounds to go! Absolutely no surgery, just diet & exercise. Most celebs give u false hope when u have a baby (My son was 9 lbs) and in 3 months ur supposed to be skinny again...It's not realistic in most cases. It takes 6 weeks to heal before u could even work out. Anyway, the moral of the story is losing baby weight the natural way takes longer but it's much healthier for ur body and helps u stay strong to carry another baby. So don't put ur life at risk for societies standards of when ur suppose to lose ur pregnancy weight. Take ur time & don't take the easy way out." 

 

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Somaya Reece

Former Love and Hip Hop cast member Somaya Reece went through a full body transformation when she went from a voluptuous size 18 to a slim and curvy size eight. After her weight loss, she became a fitness advocate and launched her website, Thisfitsme.com, where she offers recipes, tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle and more. She also shares her story of struggling of with multiple eating disorders throughout her life. At one point, Reece says she was starving herself and ended up collapsing on the set of a commercial because of it. After leaving the Love and Hip Hop cast, she says she started working out three to five times a week and eating clean, which helped the L.A. native shed 20 pounds.

 

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Sherri Shepherd

After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Sherri Shepherd decided to take her health into her own hands and shed pounds to improve her health. The View co-host went on to lose 40 pounds and wrote about it in her book “Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don’t Have It).” 

 

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Mo’Nique

Comedienne Mo’Nique has always been known to embrace her voluptuous plus size figure. She surprised us all when she popped up last year with a brand new slim physique that she once bashed during her stand-up routines. Miss Parker has lost 82 pounds over the course of a few years through diet and exercise, going from 300 pounds to 218.

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Fans Rally For Aaliyah's Discography To Be Released On Streaming Platforms

As another day passes without Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms, fans are looking for answers.

Over the weekend, the hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic appeared on Twitter in light of song battles between Swizz Beats vs. Timbaland and Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin. The latter opponents played their collaborations with the late singer, proving Baby Girl's dynamic relevancy in the age of modern R&B. As songs like "I Don't Wanna" and "Come Over" picked up plays on YouTube, the hashtag pointed out the tragedy of her songs not existing on platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.

Aaliyah's only album on multiple platforms is her 1994 debut, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. Other albums like the platinum-selling One in A Million and Aaliyah are being held in a vault of sorts along with other unmixed vocals by her uncle and founder of Blackground Records, Barry Hankerson.

Hankerson has built up a mysterious yet haunting aura over the years due to his refusal to release Aaliyah's music on streaming platforms. Reasons are unknown but Stephen Witt's 2016 investigation revealed business deals like the shift in distribution from  Jive Records to Atlantic helped Hankerson take ownership of the singer's masters. The deal was made in 1996 when Blackground featured artists like Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, then-production duo Timbaland and Magoo as well as Missy Elliott.

Sadly, Aaliyah's music isn't the only recordings lost in the shuffle. Recordings from Timbaland and Toni Braxton have been hidden from the world with both taking legal action against the label over the years. There's also JoJo, who had to break from the label after they refused to release her third album. The singer recently re-recorded her first two albums.

With Aaliyah's music getting the attention it deserves, Johnta Austin discussed the singer's impact on R&B today. "It was amazing, she was incredible from top to bottom," he told OkayPlayer of working with the singer on "Come Over" and "I Don't Wanna." "I don't think Aaliyah gets the vocal credit that she deserves. When she was on it, she had the riffs, she had everything."

Earlier this year, an account impersonating Hankerson claimed her music would arrive on streaming platforms January 16, on what would've been her 41st birthday. A docuseries called the Aaliyah Diaries was also promoted for a release on Netflix.

Of course, it was far from the truth. Fans can enjoy selected videos and songs on YouTube, but it's clear they want more.

 

Aaliyah’s music is the landmark for a lot of your favs not only was she ahead of her time with her futuristic sounds she also was a fashion Icon dancer and phenomenal actress . The future generations need be exposed to her artistry and pay homage .#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/LxZfxcqRgF

— Black Clover (@la_alchemist) March 29, 2020

Her first #1 solely based on AirPlay! She was the first ! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/BHlANZjCGZ

— (@hodeciii) March 29, 2020

Makes no sense for someone still so influential to be hidden. Many try to emulate her. On Spotifys This is Aaliyah playlist, theres some great tracks not on her main Spotify #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/vLqLTVxqO9

— Blackity Black⁷ (@ClaudBuzzzz) March 29, 2020

Aaliyah is trending once again. She deserves endless flowers. This is true impact y’all. Her voice, her sound, her music...She’s been gone for 2 decades and y’all see the love for her is even stronger! We miss you baby girl! #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/ALDcT0ZQxR

— A A L I Y A H (@forbbygrlaali) March 30, 2020

Aaliyah said she wanted to be remembered for her music and yet most of it is not on streaming services #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/zwk0AWMCoE

— RJR (@MyNewEssence96) March 29, 2020

aaliyah’s gems like more than a woman deserve to be in streaming sites #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/mM2GWEg1pe

— k (@grandexrocky) March 30, 2020

I saw #FreeAaliyahMusic and IMMEDIATELY jumped into action! I can’t express how betrayed I felt when we were supposed to have all her music on Spotify by her birthday. Her discography is deeply underestimated and we need to make it right for our babygirl!pic.twitter.com/GfxBeJxUY1

— jerrica✨ (@jerricaofficial) March 29, 2020

Before Megan The Stallion drove the boat...

Aaliyah rocked the boat...

#FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/iXNwssD3sY

— Al’Bei (@_albei) March 29, 2020

i think we should have that conversation #FreeAaliyahMusic pic.twitter.com/cGl269tuTr

— AALIYAH LEGION (@AaliyahLegion) April 1, 2020

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Singers Adrienne Bailon (L) and Kiely Williams of the 'Cheetah Girls' pose for photos around Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 18, 2007 in Culver City, California.
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Kiely Williams Explains Fallout With Adrienne Bailon Houghton And Alleged Fight With Raven-Symonè

Our current isolated way of life has given some plenty of time for reflection like Kiely Williams of the former girl group 3LW and The Cheetah Girls (ask your kids). The tales of both successful groups have been told time after time by fans in YouTube documentaries and members of each collective but Williams has decided to share her side of the story.

Williams hopped on Live Monday (March 30) where she discussed her former friendship with The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon Houghton and the infamous chicken throwing fight with actress/singer Naturi Naughton. The mother of one didn't pinpoint exactly why she fell out with Houghton but did point out how she wouldn't be interested in appearing on her talk show.

"I don't think Adrienne wants to have live TV with me," Williams said. "'Cause she's gon' have to say, 'Yes Kiely, I did pretend to be your best friend. Now, I am not.' You were either lying then or you're lying now. You either were my best friend and now you're just not claiming me or you were pretending [to be my best friend."

The two remained friends after Naughton was kicked out of 3LW, the platinum-selling group known for 2000s pop hits like "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" and "Playas Gon' Play." Williams and Houghton were eventually picked to be apart of The Cheetah Girls with then-Disney darling Raven-Symonè and dancer Sabrina Bryan.

Williams went on to discuss her fight with Naughton, which she denies had anything to do with her skin color. With her mother near, Williams claimed Naughton called her a b***h, leading to the fight. While she didn't clear up the chicken throwing, she stated how she was "going for her neck" and was holding food and her baby sister in the process.

Apologies aren't on the horizon either. “I don’t feel like I have anything to make amends for, especially as it relates to Adrienne,” Kiely said. “As far as Naturi goes, if there was ever a reason to apologize, all of that has kind of been overshadowed by the literal lies and really ugly stuff that she said about my mom and my sister. So, no. Not interested in that. I’m sorry.”

Moving onto The Cheetah Girls, Williams also denied claims she got into fights with Raven-Symonè on the set of The Cheetah Girls films and never outed her as a teen. The rumor about Symonè and Williams was reportedly started by Symonè's former co-star Orlando Brown.

Symonè has often shared positive memories about The Cheetah Girls and their reign but did imply during an episode of The View how co-star Lynn Whitfield kept her from losing her cool on set.

On a lighter note, Symonè, Houghton and Naughton have kept in contact with Naughton and Houghton putting their differences aside during an appearance on The Real. 

Symonè and Houghton also reunited at the Women's March in Los Angeles in January. During Bailon's performance at the event, the two briefly performed the Cheetah Girls' classic, "Together We Can."

Willaims also shared some stories about the making of the group's hits. Check out her Live below.

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Kelis Announces ‘Cooked With Cannabis’ Show Will Premiere On Netflix

Kelis is taking her chef talents to Netflix. The musician will host a food competition show titled Cooked With Cannabis that’ll premiere on the very-fitting April 20 (4/20). According to NME, the show will span six episodes and be co-hosted by chef Leather Storrs.

Describing the opportunity as a “dream come true” since she’s a major supporter of the streaming service, Kelis took to Instagram to share how cannabis and cooking is one of her many creative passions. “As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today’s society,” the mother-of-two writes. “In this country, many things have been used systemically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together.”

Each episode will place three chefs against each other as they craft three-course meals with cannabis as the central ingredient. Each episode’s winner takes home $10,000. Guests will play an integral role in who takes home the cash prize. Too $hort, and El-P are just a few of this season's guests.

 

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I'm really excited to announce my new show, Cooked with Cannabis on @Netflix!! Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my Netflix, so this is a dream come true. Interestingly, this was one of those things that I didn't go looking for, it kind of came to me. As a chef, I was intrigued by the food and as an everyday person, I was interested in how powerful this topic is in today's society. In this country, many things have been used systematically to oppress groups of people, but this is so culturally important for us to learn and grow together. I hope you all will tune in, it's definitely going to be a good time! We launch on 4/20! XO, Kelis

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In a previous Lenny Letter profile, Kelis shared she comes from a line of culinary influences beginning with her mother who owned a catering service. In 2008, the “Milkshake” singer sought to refine her cooking skills by enrolling in the Le Cordon Bleu school. Receiving a certificate as a trained saucier, the New York native put her expertise to the test during pop-up restaurants in her native city, created a hot sauce line, and co-owns a sustainable farm in Quindio, Colombia.

“Food is revolutionary because it is the one and only international language. It’s the most human thing you can partake in,” she said in an interview with Bon Appetit. “We are the only species that cooks.”

This isn’t Kelis’ first foray into the reality-cooking television world. In 2014, she partnered with the Cooking Channel for Saucy and Sweet and published the "My Life on a Plate" cookbook a year later.

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