By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood January 10, 2011 at 9:50AM
Raven Symone showed up last week at the People's Choice Awards looking notable slimmer. Clearly, she was under pressure to lose weight because this is the comment she made when asked about her figure:
I thought I looked fabulous before and nobody else did...So, whatever.
Interestingly, the attention her new figure is getting is making her uncomfortable and as she said people are looking at her for different reasons.
Actually, now I wear bigger clothes because I don't like the way people stare at me...I liked it before. Now, you're just looking at me for the wrong reasons. Before, you were actually looking at me for a real reason.
I'm so impressed that she is vocal about this issue. The pressure to lose weight is just tremendous. She just shot a pilot for novelist Jennifer Weiner's show, The Great State of Georgia, for ABC Family, and knowing Weiner's work I imagine the role is not for a stick thin actress. Here's the description of the part Symone is playing: "an exuberant curvy performer from the south."
So to me the question is why has she lost the weight now that she is playing a part (if the show gets picked up) for a "curvy" actress?
Raven-Symoné: Only I Found Myself Attractive When I Was Heavy (People)