Thick or Slim: We Love You Just the Same

by Myeisha Essex

jazmine sullivan

It’s been a while since we’ve seen R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan out and about. While we know she’s been in the studio working on her third album, it appears she’s been putting in work at the gym as well.

In a recent Instagram post, the 25-year-old is seen posing with a noticeably slimmer physique. She has yet to speak publicly about how she shed the extra pounds, but in the photo she’s glowing and smiling ear-to-ear.

When we first met the “I Need You Bad” singer in 2008 she was curvy and fabulous. Sullivan spoke openly about the pressures to lose weight in the music industry, but she remained confident and let her inner and outer beauty shine.

jazmine sullivan

We can only hope that the pressures of the industry didn’t encourage her weight loss. While we celebrate health and fitness, we also embrace our curves and smile at broader views of beauty.

Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Raven-Symoné are among the talented women of color who have lost significant amounts of weight, and look great. But, to keep it 100 with you, I hope our young celebs know that we love them just the same whether they’re thick, full-figured or slim.

Nonetheless, cheers to healthy and happy.

  • Princess Di

    She looks great! I love her at any size…homegirl can sing!

  • Marcia

    She does look great! Hopefully she is living a healthier life. Sadly being heavier is a huge career impediment for many (of course we have exceptions-hey Jilly!). Curves or thickness like Beyonce or Kimmy are cool but not much more. Look forward to her new music.

  • JN

    I don’t care about her SIZE, I just want NEW MUSIC!! I thought she quit the music business, so happy that she is working on another album!

  • Mr. Man

    Typically its industry pressure, and for the up and coming artist the industry typically wins out. I just hope they are at least going about it the healthy way.

  • J. Nicole

    I can’t wait for the day when a female celebrities weight fluctuation is no longer newsworthy. Even more, when a woman of color (or any woman accepted by urban culture) looses weight it isn’t assumed she did so because of pressure to “fit in”. No matter how people think Jennifer Hudson or Raven Symone have lost too much weight, I personally thought when they were heavier it was too much weight for women so young. I’m not saying everyone should have a dramatic weight loss, but I know many overweight women and a majority of them wish to slim down a bit.

  • Chillyroad

    I don’t mean to derail the topic but here is the lyrics to one of Jazmines songs entitled “I Bust Your Windows Out Your Car”

    -You see you can’t just play with people’s feelings
    Tell them you love them and don’t mean it
    You’ll probably say that it was juvenile
    But I think that I deserve to smile
    I bust the windows out your car
    You know I did it ‘cause I left my mark
    Wrote my initials with a crowbar
    And then I drove up into the dark.-

    Acts of violence against people or property are never justified.

  • Whitley Turner

    My fellow Philly chicks looks good and fit,I know she was going to shed some pounds. Love her skinny or thick ;-)

  • pinklipstick227

    She looks like a healthy thick women to me. I am glad to see that she kept her curves in all the right places. Nevertheless, she is a talented artist and I love her music. I wish she and Chrisette would so a song together. Love those two.

  • ummmmm

    My-eisha though? Mothers please do better.

  • Justasking

    You never ever ever have anything positive to say about black women. Why is that? Are you truly a fat black woman married to an Asian man or just a sad male troll? Did a black woman do you wrong, boo?

  • binks

    Agreed! She STILL is curvy, curvy is a shape not a size. That is a pet peeve of mines when people equates weight loss to automatic loss of “curves. She looks great and seems to be happy. If she likes it I love it good for her. Come out with another album Jazz.

  • Marcia

    I guess Abigail or Mckenzie are more acceptable because they were made up by Europeans or better not created by African-Americans, black people or whatever. Most names that people deem “acceptable” were also just made up…made up hundreds or longer years ago but.still made up. Comments like yours kill me!

  • pinklipstick227

    I’m weak.

  • MimiLuvs

    Myiesha is actually Arabic for “life’s blessings”. But then again, there are individuals out there, who will deem any non-Anglo Saxon on a black child as being a flaw. Or like to place “piss poor parenting” judgement on black parents, because they choose to name children non-Christian names.

  • Chillyroad

    Your comment pretty much encapsulates what is wrong with so many black women. Constantly wondering why the world doesn’t bow at your feet as you hurl insults. Get it together. Being black and female doesn’t warrant praise. You actually have to be a decent person.

  • hmmmmm

    Tall or short?

  • Barbara

    FYI Myisha is actually arabic and means woman or life.

  • Nakia

    Thank you, Marcia. I’ve never understood this double standard. What is wrong with the name My-eisha? Whys is it so displeasing to “ummmm”?

  • EST. 1986

    Isn’t it crazy how a woman’s weight can be a news story? That is why I roll my eyes every time I see a new article on any site about Jessica Simpson or Lady Gaga concerning their weight.

  • Barbara

    Lol. I was just watching Say yes to the dress and one of the brides was named E’terica. WTF

  • MimiLuvs

    For some people out in this world, the writer’s name could’ve been ‘Penelope’ or ‘Brittany’, they still would’ve thought that her name was ‘ghetto’.
    As long as a name is attached to a black person (because I know some black men who has experienced this as well), they will think it is a ‘ghetto name’.

  • MimiLuvs

    I received a different definition than yours, but my point remains the same.

  • ummmmmm

    Please, I’d bet the farm Myeisha is a ghetto variant of Keisha than it is of some Arabic word.

  • RenJennM

    I agree that she’s pretty regardless. But she does look great though! However, I am still waiting for new music, so, um, chop chop Ms. Sullivan! lol :)

  • heavenleiblu

    Excuse me for replying under you, MimiLuvs, but the form won’t let my reply nest under ummmmmm’s retort below.

    In response to “Please, I’d bet the farm Myeisha is a ghetto variant of Keisha than it is of some Arabic word.” I say:

    a) …and you know this because you know her and her family, right?

    b)If their intention was to be a variant of Keisha; SO fucking what?

    c) I’m sick of people, particularly people of color (assuming that you are, since you’ve found yourself here) hurling “ghetto” around like you’re above it all.

    d) My given name is probably often mistaken for some “ghetto variant” of an Anglo derived or “Christian” name, but it is not (even if it were, refer to “b”). It actually has a meaning, and I’m glad that my family didn’t feel compelled to give me a “safe” name to supposedly ensure my success in the world. I did the same for my daughter. Y’all kill me with that. Having a “proper” (read: white) name won’t protect your black ass from racism, classism, etc.

    I wish you and those that think like you (seeking mainstream approval and protection from being being a person of color) would find a fainting couch and sit the hell down.

  • Rochelle

    I bet ummmm and Barbara have “white” “safe” names and they aint sh-t in life. LOL. I bet they still work for the white man (slave). No doctor or lawyer, nothing important. They probably own nothing. Guess that white name didn’t help you much:(

  • Liz

    I’m convinced Chillyroad is Qon/QueenofNewcastle from back in the day…. chip on her shoulder for black women, hard-on for black men…delusional…Haitian (I’m Haitian too, no shade intended)… non-black mate…. all the signs are there.

  • LE

    I sure would like to know what ummmmmmmmm’s real name is, and do you even know what it translates to???

  • chanela17

    RIGHT!!!! i saw the movie django unchained and saw that jonah hill was in it and hes big again.. has he made headlines? NO! has he been tortured by the media and told to lose weight? NO! it’s so sad that not a word is said about him when he gained his weight back, but let a PREGNANT woman do it and it’s the end of the world. smh

  • Blue

    Not everyone need to be slim. I thought Jasmine was fine the way she was. I feel the same way about Jeniffer Hudson but it’s their bodies not mine. I’m just glad Jazmine is coming out with some more music. Her voice & her riffs are amazing.

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