Is it my imagination, or are many of the curvy women in the entertainment industry losing weight? While weight loss and dieting have been in style for decades, it seems as if there has been a particular weight loss trend in black Hollywood. Suddenly, women who were always beautiful and talented are decreasing in size, and increasing in popularity.
For instance, let’s take a look at Jennifer Hudson’s transformation. Before the weight loss, Jennifer was tremendously accomplished. She is a past American Idol contestant, a Grammy award winner, and an Oscar award-winning actress. Despite her resume, Jennifer’s media attention was relatively low. The press rarely talked about her, and her fashion choices were apparently, nothing to rave about. To the world, Jennifer was simply an extremely talented artist who just didn’t look the part.
Eighty pounds later…
Jennifer Hudson is everywhere! Every blog, online and print magazine is talking about her. People can’t seem to get over how beautiful Jennifer Hudson is. I get it. Most of society equates beauty and attraction to one’s dress size. To lose weight is usually deemed an accomplishment. But, wow, I could not have predicted she would receive this much attention. Losing the pounds has suddenly made Ms. Hudson one of the most talked about women in Hollywood. Wasn’t she beautiful before? Wasn’t she just as talented?
This sudden obsession and increase in media attention surrounding Jennifer Hudson, is just another example proving the very strong influence size and appearance have on determining the success of one’s career. Will other established curvy celebrities feel the need to lose weight, in order to get the acclaim they deserve? Have they always felt that way? It seems as if Jennifer’s peers are already picking up on the trend. Recently, Raven-Symone and Marsha Ambrosius unveiled their new slimmer figures. It was just last week when Jordin Sparks showed off her new size 6 frame. Thus far, the response for all of these women has been phenomenal. Going from plus size to skinny is one of the best ways to get noticed and to gain popularity. If Jordin’s team is smart, they will profit from the weight loss buzz, release a single next week, and make a few public appearances. VOILA! Jordin Sparks goes from average cute American Idol winner to gorgeous superstar American Idol winner.
But is it all about the weight? Are plus size women, who have been in the entertainment industry for years, ever going to reach the peak they deserve because of their size? If Kelly Price dropped to a size 4 would her career resurrect? If Jill Scott shed some pounds, would she attract the attention and press she deserves?
Let’s talk about it!