As part of her promotional tour for her upcoming album “The Light of the Sun”, Jill Scott held a private show last night at the club, Dominion NYC.

Stars including Ellen Pompeo, Taraji P. Henson, Macy Gray, Reggie Bush, Brandy and Swizz Beatz were in attendance for the private event where the singer gave a sampling of the material that will be released in Jill’s first album with her new label Warner Brothers.

But even with all the A-listers that came out for Jill’s show, it was the words, not the notes, that came out of the soultress’ mouth that is getting attention.

According to Page Six, Jill, who has recently lost over 60 pounds, says she had a less than expected motivation that kept her going through her weight loss journey. Sources at last nights events say Jill was overheard saying:

“I’m just trying to fit into a catsuit like Vanessa del Rio, the porn star.”

Upon embarking on a risky Google search (try “Vanessa del Rio, wikipedia” if you’re looking to keep your job and keep it PG), I found a picture of del Rio. Now retired, the half Cuban, half Puerto Rican porn star has appeared in over 100 pornographic films and on television shows such as NYPD Blue, where she played herself. She made a cameo in Junior M.A.F.I.A’s “Get Money” music video as well.

Besides sending me on a hunt through porno past, Jill’s reference to del Rio made me ask myself: are body role models good motivation?

It is interesting that Jill chose a porn star, someone whose body and sensuality is directly connected to her notoriety, as her body role model. It makes me think of how many women of color who I’ve overheard throwing around lines like “I’m trying to get a Vida Guerra booty” or “Melissa Ford thighs” as ways to articulate the kind of shape they aspire to have.

As someone who has come a long way on my own weight loss journey, I know that admiring a figure is a popular motivating tool many women use. Whether it is a celebrity’s very public figure or even just the girl on four treadmills over, having a body role model can often put a fire under is to get in shape. But are our emulation choices a healthy trend?

Can we ever truly separate our body role models from our cultural ones? Can we put a woman’s body on a pedestal without also revering her claim to fame?

Tell us what you think Clutchettes- share your thoughts!

 

  • http://virgoveryown.blogspot.com/ VVO

    she looks amazing!

  • Vintage3000

    I think it’s ok if your role model has a similiar body type. I used to joke that I wanted to be built just like Raquel Welch or Sophia Loren because I used to be extremely self conscious of my busty, tall frame. I’m still not trying to wear no fur bikinis, but now doing much better with my body image. If i wanted to be Naomi Campbell’s build i would still have problems.

    But not sure how healthy is it for young women to want to be built like porn stars/video models, guess it depends on the kind of attention you are looking for.

  • c0c0puffz

    I think she means she wants a body men and women lust for. IF I wanted a body it wouldn’t be a porno star because a majority of them have enormous fake breasts. I would go for someone that has rockhard abs, and if I could trade my little b cups for realistic looking large c cups I would.

  • Sheila

    I think she was just being facetious.

  • Mr. Man

    With society spiraling down a cesspool I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the target of her motivation. Ha! this just in.. Jada Pickitt-Smith recently installs stripper pole in Willow’s room to help with dancing skills before tour…..

  • keyz

    Say what? Where is the link to this article?

  • Nightnurse

    Jill looks great, I love her. There is nothing wrong with a woman wanting to look and feel sexy. I am in the process of losing weight and with every lb that comes off I feel sexier and more confident. My ideal body shape is a mannequin that I see in a store I shop at (Lane Bryant). There is nothing wrong with that. I applaud Jill for getting healthier and if VDR’s curvy frame is her inspiration, so be it.

  • ms. complexity

    If women are losing weight for the RIGHT reasons (health risks) then let them do so safely (always consult a doctor before starting an exercise program). Your physician will tell you how much weight to lose…and when to stop.

    Jill was overweight. Black women need to stop lying to ourselves. I look at myself and I KNOW I’m overweight. My doctor confirms this. I am getting healthy for ME. My body is a temple of the Lord and I’ve mishandled it. It’s not about being ‘skinny’. It’s about being HEALTHY.

    So if Jill lost over 60 pounds, GOOD FOR HER. Long live Jill.

    P.S. Her first single is FIRE.

  • good for her

    Wow the most frustrating thing about losing weight is try to lose a large amount versus 15 pounds which can take someone a year. 65 is a lot to lose and it is not is. Wow…congratulations to her!

  • binks

    LOL well motivation comes from everywhere! I don’t think there is nothing wrong in and of itself to have a body role model but the think to always remember is A) pick a body role model that is similar to yours and B) know that no two bodies are exactly alike I don’t care if two women are the same height, size, or shape your never going to look like your inspiration so get your best body. She looks great

  • Jennifer

    That is how I read it…

  • Cori

    I think that she looks GREAT, I am sooooooo proud of her, and if the catsuit was her motivation that’s GREAT too!

  • Nasya

    I think Jilly from Philly looks great she looked great before the weight loss. I think we all have a personal image of what we want to look like. And Jill wants to be able to fit into a cat suit and look like a porn star nothing wrong with that if it makes her happy :)

  • Nasya

    Keep it up Nightnurse I lost 33/12 pounds since December of 2010 and I have 12 more pounds to go you can do it :)

  • my wife

    i loved her before the loss and now. the big breasts beautiful face everything
    a queen black queen

  • http://Clutch Sharroni

    Jill looks great. But how would you know what the Smiths are doing in their home? Do you know them personally or are you just flapping your lips and making a weak attack on Jill because of who she chose as a body model and the Smiths because they’re getting paper. Folks like you belong to Alpha Phi ( #1 people haters incorporated) and can only hate and be miserable? I’m just sayin’ either make yourself happy and get a life or make everyone else happy and become invisible!

  • Thea

    Jill looks FABULOUS, we all have different motivations in our lives, so whatever works for you individually, just go for it!

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