Sparkle star Jordin Sparks is absolutely radiant on the cover of SHAPE Magazine‘s August 2012 issue, which is on newsstands now. Rocking a teeny cobalt-blue bikini and showing off her fit new figure, the 22-year-old singer and actress has shed 50 pounds over the past year.
Jordin noticed she felt constantly tired, sick and unhealthy and decided to start her weight-loss journey immediately. “I just wanted to be healthy,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m in my prime. I should be happy and fit.’ That was the moment I decided that changes needed to be made.”
She started her difficult initiative slowly by walking around her neighborhood until she felt comfortable enough to try hiking. After that, she joined a gym and took up Zumba and changed her diet, which on a daily basis includes pickles, chicken, berries, yogurt and granola, and the occasional Toblerone — Swiss chocolate.
While she has always been beautiful, being fit and trim has given the star a new burst of confidence. “For me to even be talking about bikini confidence is crazy. If you had asked me a couple of months ago, I probably would have been like, ‘What are you talking about…’. So it’s actually huge for me to even feel OK with putting a bikini on.”
Pick up an issue to learn more about Jordin‘s diets, workouts, and forthcoming movie Sparkle, and what it was like to work with the late Whitney Houston. Keep up with her on Twitter @JordinSparks.
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