Jordin Sparks Talks 50-Pound Weight Loss on “Today”

Posted Friday May 2, 2014 4:43 PM GMT

She’s always been a singing stunner, but Jordin Sparks told “Today” anchor Jenna Bush Hager that 18 months ago she definitely felt less-than-stellar.

During the show’s “Love Your Selfie, Reclaiming Beauty” segment, the “American Idol” alum confessed she worked hard to lose 50 pounds in order to be in the best shape of her life.

Jordin noted, “I had gotten really sick. And I was about to celebrate my birthday and I was like, ‘I should be in the prime of my life right now. I shouldn't be feeling like this. I really need to make my health a priority.’ And that's what I did.”

Nowadays, “I go anywhere from, like, 155 to 161. So I'm right around there. That's where I am,” she added.

As for the pressure to be thin in Hollywood, Sparks shared, “It does get a little crazy. I think not succumbing to the pressure is harder than actually giving into it.”

“[It would be easy to say], ‘OK, I'm going to try and look like everybody else.’ Instead, I loved the way I looked before. I was comfortable with how I looked. But, a lot of it has been really focusing on becoming healthier. And the plus side was that my body changed, which was awesome. It wasn't about being a zero or a certain size or anything like that.”

Jordin continued, “I know that there are some women who struggle to even look themselves in the mirror. And I hope that those women who are struggling can watch this and go, ‘You know what? I'm OK with who I am. And I'm beautiful in my own way.’"

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