LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 30: Singer Jordan Sparks waves after singing the national anthem before the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 03: Singer Jordin Sparks arrives at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheater on August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 04: Singer/actress Jordin Sparks attends DIRECTV’s Sixth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl Game at Victory Field on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for DirecTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 07: Singer Jordin Sparks arrives at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 29: Recording artist Jordin Sparks attends ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 29, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 23: Singer Jordin Sparks arrives at Fox’s ‘American Idol 2012′ Finale Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 24: Singers Jason Derulo (L) and Jordin Sparks arrive at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XVIII held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CFN)
NEW YORK – MAY 30: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) American Idol winner Jordin Sparks poses backstage after her appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live at MTV’s Times Square Studios on May 30, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 19: (U.S. TABS OUT) Singer Jordin Sparks poses for a photo backstage during MTV’s Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios November 19, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO – JUNE 07: American Idol winner Jordin Sparks sings the national anthem before the start of Game One of the 2007 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs on June 7, 2007 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD – MAY 23: Singer Jordin Sparks arrives to the American Idol Season 6 Finale held at the Kodak Theatre on May 23, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 08: American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks arrives to American Idol’s Annual Top 12 party held at the Astra West/Pacific Design Center on March 8, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
PHOENIX – MARCH 28: Singer Jordin Sparks arrives at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XV held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
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Jordan Sparks garnered many fans on American Idol with her golden voice. Today, she’s creating a stir with her new figure. Sparks revealed her radical 50 pound weight loss on the cover of Shape magazine on newsstands now.
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In the accompanying cover story, the now slimmer Sparks shares how she once embraced her plus-sized figure. She admitted that she loved food and her curves and even ventured into modeling plus-sized clothing. However, a few days shy of her 21st birthday, an early morning wake up call prompted the 22-year-old to take control of her life and her health. Sparks was diagnosed with walking pneumonia, adding that she couldn’t breathe and felt fatigued. It was then when she realized that she needed to make a change. Sparks told Shape:
I remember thinking, ‘I’m in my prime. I should be happy and fit.’ That was the moment when I decided that changes needed to be made.
The singer decided to start eating smaller portions, eating leaner foods and exercising. But Sparks isn’t the only Idol alum to shed excess weight.
Earlier this month, Michael Lynche revealed his 90 pound weight loss, admitting that he wanted to be around for his children for as long as possible, in addition to wanting to be healthy.
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With her new film Sparkle coming out soon — it’s due out on August 17 — Sparks hopes her new look will result in a countless number of new projects.
Take a look at Jordin Sparks’ weight loss journey throughout the years in the photo gallery above. Do you think she looks better now, or a little curvier?