Kelly Price
Cece Peniston
CeCe Peniston
Vesta Williams
Vesta Williams
Jennifer Holliday
Jennifer Holliday
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
Latocha Scott
Latocha Scott
Nicci Gilbert
Nicci Gilbert
Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor
Kelly Price, Being

7 Singers Who've Had Struggles Over Weight

Defying The Stereotypes
Being in the music industry and dealing with the pressure to lose weight can be an uphill battle. Just ask Kelly Price, who gets candid about her struggle on the season six premiere of Centric's docuseries Being. Unfortunately, Kelly's experience isn't just limited to her...
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Under the Pressure
Nineties dance queen CeCe Peniston made a comeback into the music scene in 2011, but her return to music shared headline space with her recently "upgraded look". In an interview with Essence, she talked about undergoing surgery (liposuction) to help finalize her look.
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Under the Knife
Since her surgery, the dance queen maintains a stricter excercise routine and health conscious diet. In her 40's, CeCe Peniston finds herself in the best shape of her life. Just last year she launched her own swimwear line of sexy bikinis called 'It's Sew Unique' and is even entered a bikini fitness contest.
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More Gain, More Pain
80's diva Vesta Williams made major headlines in the 90's for her dramatic weight loss. Shortly after, when her career slightly faltered, she quickly gained the weight again. This led to her losing her record deal. “I knew it wasn’t my singing ability. So it had to be that I was expendable because I didn’t have the right look.” (Photo: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Losing to Win

"When I lost my record deal...I realized that I had to reassess who Vesta was and figure out what was going wrong." Williams went on to lose the weight, breathe life back into her career, and become an advocate for the prevention of childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes, before her untimely passing in September 2011.

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On The Right Side of the Scale
Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday's size hadn't been a problem for her role on stage, but as a music artist, it became a dealbreaker and her record label dropped her because of it. “Everything was becoming about your image, and my company was like, ‘You are not marketable. You have a great voice and that's it.’ (Photo: Barry King/WireImage)
A Pioneer
All of her troubles pointed back to her weight, so in 1990, Jennifer Holliday says she became one of the first people to get gastric bypass surgery. Nowadays she's tackling life with a whole new attitude, "I have a new lease on life and this time I am going to win".
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Talent By Any Other Size...
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has struggled with her weight since her 'Idol' days and she's still pretty sensitive about the subject. Clarkson says she prefers not to discuss her size and focus more on highlighting her music. "I sound the same regardless if I'm 20 pounds heavier or 20 pounds light". (Photo: Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Baby Fat Shaming
In 2012, Kelly Clarkson was praised for her 30 lb. weight loss, but in 2014, after the birth of her daughter, Kelly's weight fell under intense scrutiny, again. Despite the fat-shaming insults she's received since, Clarkson says she's happy and doesn't feel the need lose the baby weight through extreme diets.
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Trapped in a Label
In 2012, former Xscape member Latocha Scott reemerged into the music scene with a hot new single and a slimmer physique. When questioned about her new look, she replied, "I was in a group with girls who were very much smaller than me...I was known as 'the big girl.' [and] I was determined to escape that label." (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
A Golden 'Gyrl'
Latocha Scott revealed that introducing more fruits and vegetables was key to her weight loss success. She also went on to form the Golden Gyrls Foundation to help at-risk youth with self-esteem issues. "Everyone would always say I'm not going to make it: 'You're too big, you're too dark.' But I tell [kids], you can..."

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She's a Brick House
Nicci Gilbert had issues with her weight in the music even before her days in the 90s trio Brownstone. During auditions, she often got comments like, "Oh you have such a cute face but you need to lose weight". After she formed the group, her record label even advanced her $27K to have lipsuction and a tummy tuck. (Photo: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
From The Bottom Up
The R&B Diva has since moved on to bigger and better ways of tackling life. In 2012, she started her own plus size clothing line, Curvato Clothing, and in 2015, she celebrated the release of her uplifting Centric docu-series From the Bottom Up that focuses on women who are getting back on their path of success.
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All About That Bass

Singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor's hit single "All About That Bass" exudes the confidence of a self-loving, plus sized woman, but the inspiration for the song stems from years of dealing with being bullied, watching less talented (slimmer) individuals catch their big breaks and even being told by a love interest to lose 10 pounds.

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No Treble
In a 2015 Inquisitr article, Meghan Trainor was called out for apparently having lost some weight (approximately 25 lbs.) and the question became "Can she still say she's 'All About The Bass'?" Of course she can! No matter her size, Meghan Trainor will always know and appareciate the curvy girl struggle.
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Being: Kelly Price
Catch the season premiere of Being, featuring R&B star Kelly Price, on Saturday June, 11 at 10P|9C.
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