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Jill Scott Loses 50 Pounds, But Does She Look Better?

Thu., May. 12, 2011 7:36 AM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

“Stunning” is the first word that raced through my head when I took in Jill Scott’s cover photo spread for Ebony. Too bad I didn’t recognize her until I noticed her name.

Scott’s metamorphosis is so radical that it’s almost scary. But does she look better swollen up like a linebacker like she was in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Or is this a positive new look for the beloved, adorable neo-soul singer?

To me, it’s a thumbs-up. From a visual standpoint and health perspective, it’s a positive for Jill Scott. Same goes for the likes of Jordin Sparks, who also showed off her new, tight-bodied frame recently.

Sometimes, however, the results are not aesthetically pleasing.

When the late legendary Luther Vandross showed up on stage sans the bulk he‘d carried his entire adulthood, he looked positively sick. Same with Oprah. Both lost their portliness so fast, like they went home and just peeled off the excess fat overnight. The change was too drastic for their fans to digest. And the change was too drastic even for them. Crash diets never work. The body’s defense mechanism kicks in after a certain time to preserve itself. You know what eventually happens: the aspiring skinny person gains back all the weight faster than they rid themselves of it, plus more. It’s as if the body is telling the crash dieter “don’t do that again.”

Radical changes in either direction can jolt the senses. When you see old photos of a much slimmer Aretha Franklin, for example, she looks like a totally different person.

So … what do you think of Jill’s new look?

terry shropshire

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  • EQ

    I like the new look on Jill!

  • EQ

    I like the new look on Jill!

  • Kim

    can’t tell the difference

    • Melissa

      Hater.

  • jimi kelly

    when you ask your readers what they think of Jill’s new look, you should show a picture for those of us who
    have not seen the new Jill……………jimi kelly

    • Sunnichiba

      I thought I was missing something. I agree with you completely.

  • jimi kelly

    when you ask your readers what they think of Jill’s new look, you should show a picture for those of us who
    have not seen the new Jill……………jimi kelly

  • Pr_pro1973

    I have a few issues with this article…

    How dare you say Jill was swollen up like a ‘linebacker’! This was a classless and insensitive thing to say. Furthermore, if you had done your research, you would know that she wore padding throughout the first part of the movie and shed it for the ‘after’ scene when she met her girlfriends at the dinner for Janet’s scene.

    Second, how do you write an article on how a person looks when you have no before and/or after images in your story? Really?

    No matter what the later outcome, a healthier choice is always a plus. Its not our job to pass judgement.

    • Terry

      Hello PR_pro1973. Thanks for your critical comments. I said “linebacker” because of the reason you stated — that she wore padding for the film. Also, I thought that I stated “stunning” to start of the article. I also gave her new look two thumbs up. Actually, I should have said “two thumbs way up”.

    • Terry

      Hello PR_pro1973. Thanks for your critical comments. I said “linebacker” because of the reason you stated — that she wore padding for the film. Also, I thought that I stated “stunning” to start of the article. I also gave her new look two thumbs up. Actually, I should have said “two thumbs way up”.

  • JillRocks!

    She looks great. Why do you assume she did a crash diet?

    • Jtshrop

      Jill Rocks! … I don’t assume she did a crash diet. I believe she took of the pounds naturally and more fluidly. The change is just drastic, and usually drastic changes come from crash diets. I love Jill’s new look.

  • JillRocks!

    She looks great. Why do you assume she did a crash diet?

  • Tamango

    I think Jill looks wonderful, keep-up the good work and God Bless you always.

  • Tamango

    I think Jill looks wonderful, keep-up the good work and God Bless you always.

  • Melissa

    Really? A linebacker? If you knew it was the padding, why not edit it to say that? Very hurtful and insensitive words to choose. Big people can do no right in skinny people’s world. You’re big, you get picked on or no one “chooses” you. You lose, you lose friends and people think you look “sickly” when you actually look like them. The thing is, they’re (mostly women) scared of competition now and have no one to pick on like they did before.

  • Melissa

    Really? A linebacker? If you knew it was the padding, why not edit it to say that? Very hurtful and insensitive words to choose. Big people can do no right in skinny people’s world. You’re big, you get picked on or no one “chooses” you. You lose, you lose friends and people think you look “sickly” when you actually look like them. The thing is, they’re (mostly women) scared of competition now and have no one to pick on like they did before.

  • Melissa

    Really? A linebacker? If you knew it was the padding, why not edit it to say that? Very hurtful and insensitive words to choose. Big people can do no right in skinny people’s world. You’re big, you get picked on or no one “chooses” you. You lose, you lose friends and people think you look “sickly” when you actually look like them. The thing is, they’re (mostly women) scared of competition now and have no one to pick on like they did before.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DITNHQQSV4T3BRRTT747JJXCSM Konstance A

    Maybe the writer should have said “padded up like a linebacker” and then referenced the movie. That way it wouldve come off so harsh as I like “damn” when I read that line myself.

  • Kahnie

    I think Jill’s new look is awesome! She has always appeared to have a really great personality that goes with it. I believe this was a great article… yes the linebacker verbiage caught my attention as well. As for the before and after pics… yes it would have been helpful… however we ARE on the computer…GOOGLE IT!

  • Scentuale

    I don’t think Jill loss her weight with crash dieting I think she worked it off. I LOVE it!

    You can hate on me -Jill Scott

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NGSIM47IKO5VYYXZIFHJ3JEFR4 Hadassah

    Why would you write a article stating that Ms. Scott looked like a swollen linebacker. What is your problem>  We are beautiful in all sizes.  Ms. Scott did what is best for her regarding her health and that should be respected.  Something the person who wrote this article I will give you advice that my maternal great grandfather says who is over a century years in age.  Who eyes are you looking through to many Black folks are looking through caucasian eyes. We women of color have always been many sizes and shapes and that makes us the most desired women on the planet once you see through your eyes.