Full Story of SZA's Weight Loss — Everything She's Gone Through Regarding Her Body Image
Music has been a blessing and a path to a new lifestyle for Solána Imani Rowe, aka SZA. Her recent single in collaboration with Justin Timberlake, 'The Other Side', has hit into the top 50 at 'Pop & Hot AC Radio'. But it's not the first one to get such a high. And it's certainly not the last.
SZA released two EPs within one year during her early days. She's been blooming as a young singer since then, with her first and only full studio album, 'Ctrl', hitting Platinum by RIAA in October 2017. Her singles also have been huge hits. You can feel the emotions in her lyrics after all.
Watch: First — SZA's Latest 'The Other Side' with Justin Timberlake
It took boring jobs for her to realize she needed a career change, and it was a strange yet ecstatic fondness for music that she really got into it. And in order to better her body image as an artist, she went through a weight loss phase to feel comfortable with what she wore.
SZA Weighed 200 Lbs. Once and Wore Baggy Clothes Because Others Didn't Fit Her
In a tell-all with 'Coveteur Magazine' (the article seems to have been removed) in 2017, the 'Love Galore' singer discussed how her weight loss went on to influence her style when she got her break into the music industry. Her closet was one thing that led to the discussion about her weight in the past.
The singer's style is vibrantly clear in these years of her career. But she says she is actually "low-key" into '90s. She had a lot of baggy clothes in her closet. Yes, she was once a little too heavier than now.
SZA's still got her baggy clothes in her closet.
Source: The Coveteur
Before she actually was a singer, she had a job, which she says she felt "trapped" in. She was even a gymnast and a ballet dancer for 13 years. But she loved food. (There's a weird mention of her struggle with size since she was 19 in an Instagram post on a page of hers from 2015, which is now a fan account without the post.) She dropped out of college and often kept switching jobs. While she was eating for pleasure, there was no exercise like her past endeavors.
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Just before she was a musician, she weighed 200 lbs. She lost a little weight when she started her getting into music. But at 190 lbs, she still had to wear her dad's big t-shirts and socks on stage.
I've consistently been dressing in baggy clothes because I was heavy. I was 200 pounds, but that's not really public knowledge. I was a lot bigger, so wearing baggy clothes not so much as a '90s thing, it was what was comfortable and what fit.
No one actually bothered to say anything regarding her weight at the time. But as her fandom grew, people started to take notice. Her life changed after that, albeit not how a celebrity would want it to — she willingly gave in to outside pressure.
It Was External Pressure That Changed Her Mindset Leading to WILLING Weight Loss
During the panel discussion at Dove's 'Girl Collective', she told the attendees about how getting into the music business made her lose weight because her image didn't fit with the industry standards. She has no regrets nonetheless.
When she entered the music world, she never knew how much she'd enjoy it, but little did she know she had to change her whole body image. However, despite how everyone in the business wanted her to fit into the industry standards, she chose to lose weight on her own volition.
She's collaborated with Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar and Maroon 5 as well.
Source: InStyle Magazine
If you check into SZA's photos from her early years, you'd notice her slightly unbalanced figure in comparison to her weight loss look. Still, hardcore fans would know she's beautiful either way. And as for now, it's amazing to see her groove comfortably into her own music on stage, without the care of the baggy dresses that is her past.
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At the beginning of her career, she didn't think too much of her shape because she didn't even kind of notice anything that needed to change. She told the #GirlCollective audience,
"It's all about where it starts in your mind, I think there are a lot of standards that people told me about that I didn't see. I started, I was 190 pounds, I only wore my dad's big t-shirts and socks on stage, no shoes, and didn't even notice; never complained or tripped about my makeup."
She still is fond of her '90s style clothes.
And it wasn't people around her that pressured her to look better in the eyes of the public either. She admits, her manager at the time, Punch, never felt she needed to change in order to keep her fan-following intact.
"Honestly, my manager, Punch, never asked me to 'get dressed' once," she continued. "People would come to him like, 'we need to clean her up,' and he would say, 'It's fine. She's fine.'
It was then that she realized she did not fit the beauty criteria unknowingly set for a budding world-renowned artist. But mind you, it wasn't "external pressure" that forced her to lose weight. It only helped her realize one could achieve much more comfort if they pushed themselves to their full potential.
In her own words,
It was just a matter of where I was in my mind, but I did also come out of that space where I was like, I feel like I want to change. I want to be different. I want to grow. I want to learn. I think it's one thing to be comfortable, but then it's one thing to not see your full potential and your full picture. The standard should really come [from] within.
When she did start her weight loss, she no longer felt the desire to wear those baggy clothes anymore (although, that desire still exists in her wardrobe). But she was slowly finding where she was more comfortable.
And now, there's comfort in anything she wears.
Source: SZA, Instagram
By her third EP in 2014, she was down to 150 pounds. She still continues to be in shape and continue giving the best to her fans.
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