Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Celebrity transformations – from Jordin to Jennifer, Kelly to Geri* . . .

I got to thinking, this week, about celebrities – as I was bombarded, at every possible corner, with images of Jordin Sparks’ “dramatic” weight loss of 50lbs (which really is not that dramatic; give me a 207lb weight loss over that …

Fri, Aug 10, 2012, 07:30


I got to thinking, this week, about celebrities – as I was bombarded, at every possible corner, with images of Jordin Sparks’ “dramatic” weight loss of 50lbs (which really is not that dramatic; give me a 207lb weight loss over that any day) about celebrity transformations, and how it seems that we merely turn our back on our favourite celebs and they have transformed (changed utterly) into a totally different person.

Do you remember this moment, for example, when Geri Haliwell emerged from what seemed like an extended hiatus to present her boyfriend-or-best-friend-or-whatever Robbie Williams with a Brit award in 2001? I don’t think there was a person in the world who saw this moment and didn’t almost fall over with shock. Gone was the busty, Union Jack clad Ginger Spice we knew and loved . . . in fact, quite a lot of her was gone, as Geri became yoga’s best ever walking advertisement.

Then there was J-Hud, who became a Weight Watchers spokesperson in the States and lost 80lbs by following the Points Plus (US-only) programme. In the UK and Ireland, the programme is called ProPoints and it operates by weighing up (ahem) the fibre, carbohydrates, protein and fat in your food and basically balancing the energy you need against the energy you’re giving out. It’s not rocket science and, like any other “sensible” eating plan, it works if you stick to it**.

Kelly Osbourne is one I have really mixed feelings about (insofar as I am entitled to have any feelings whatsoever regarding the weightloss of a woman I don’t know and will possibly never meet). Her body transformation seemed to coincide with a heightened interest in personal grooming and fashion, which really helped – and actually I think Kelly was just as pretty as a chubby woman as she is as a thin one. It just happens that she dresses better now and seems to do her make-up correctly.

Then there’s Jordin Sparks, who, to her credit, still looks really gorgeous – she hasn’t veered into Geri territory, and what a lot of people forget is that Jordin is really young – young enough that she can kind of start over now at a healthy and happy weight, which is great for her.

Sometimes, y’know, I feel a bit sorry for Jessica Simpson, who has reportedly signed a multi-million dollar deal to be the face of Weight Watchers, provided, of course, she loses the baby weight post-Maxwell. Then I remember that she is stinking rich and probably has a chef, personal trainer and six nannies (well, if Karl Lagerfeld’s kitten has two . . .) and I don’t feel so sorry for her any more.

In any case, which celebrity transformation has shocked or appalled you most?

*Why can’t any celebrities just be called Mary? Would that be too much to ask?

**I know this because I’m on Weight Watchers. After several months of trying to work out, trying to cut out dairy, trying to cut out wheat, I bit the bullet and took the sensible route. I’m not sure if I’ll stick it out, long term (my willpower has never been great), but I have to say, I am finding the new system really great and much easier to stick to than the previous, more rigid one – and I am seeing really good results. I may post about it in the future (but then am I opening myself up to being scrutinised everywhere I go – and what if someone sees me eating a burrito?!) Too late now, I guess . . .

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