The weight or lack thereof of some of our most beloved celebrities is the hot-button topic du jour. Stars like Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Raven-Symone, typically known for their voluptuous figures have shed pounds and are sporting new trim and slender figures. The Hollywood Weight Loss exodus has begun and there is no telling which full-figured celeb will succumb to the pressure next.

While the media and blogs are coming down on Raven and Jordin for losing weight, the ladies are not taking the criticism laying down. In a recent interview, when asked about her new figure Raven said,

“I find it funny that people now come up to me and say, ‘Wow, you are absolutely gorgeous’. I’m like, ‘I was beautiful before I lost weight’. Egotistically speaking, I thought I was amazing.” – Source

Raven has always seemed full of confidence and comfortable in her skin, however her quote leaves you wondering, “If she thought she was so beautiful why the need to lose weight?” On the other side of the token, maybe she has a point. Why does weight loss have to equal low self-esteem? Raven and Jordin are role models for millions of girls but does their losing weight have to mean that they have negative self-images? Why can’t it say that they are health conscious and want to be the happiest with their bodies as they possibly can?

This is not to say that skinny equals happy, but why does full-figure have to be the supreme body type for black women? As a black woman with a medium build, neither heavy nor skinny, the body debate leaves me straddled between a war of weight loss. When Monique lost nearly 65 pounds there was no gossiping or backlash. She decided to keep her fuller figure, but lost weight nonetheless.

Another star receiving a lot of “criticism” for her new shape is Jill Scott. Pictures of the R&B star’s new tiny waistline were recently posted and the Internet went wild. Rapper 50 Cent took the opportunity to make a few off-color remarks about Jill, namely stating she went from being a “station wagon” to “sports car”. While 50 Cent is clearly not the authority on black women and uses any chance to show his ignorance, his comments are clearly indicative of how people view our full-figured stars. She’s cute for a “big girl.”

How can we criticize Raven, Jordin or Jill for losing weight when it’s obvious that we haven’t fully accepted full-figured women in the spotlight ourselves. Is it that celebs have sold out or that their weight loss triggers own our insecurities? No matter the answer, body acceptance comes in all shapes and sizes. And if stars are losing weight in a healthy and positive manner what is the big deal?

What do you make of Raven’s quote? Should 50 Cent be slapped? What do you think of the celebrity weight loss trend?

-Fajr Muhammad

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