Raven-Symoné, the 25 year old singer and actress who played Oliva in The Cosby Show, recently opened up to Vibe Magazine about her dramatic weight loss as well as the fact that it didn’t boost her confidence a bit.
Symoné, who also goes by just Raven, also admitted that the amount of attention and praise that her new slender figure attracts is quite humorous.
“I find it funny that people now come up to me and say, ‘Wow, you are absolutely gorgeous. I’m like, ‘I was beautiful before I lost weight. Egotistically speaking, I thought I was amazing.'”
When talk show host Wendy Williams asked Symone for her figure slimming secret, the former That’s So Raven star replied “less stress.”
“I stopped stressing. You have to realize at 15, there was a whole entire show I had on my shoulders. It was a very big cast and crew and if you’re sick for a day, people lose money and that’s a problem,” she said at the time. “[It wasn’t] just over eating because I’ve actually been eating the same. I keep a little bit more smaller portions because I learned that your body has to get rid of that stress some way. Some people break-out, some people lose their hair, some lose weight, some people gain weight, my body just reacted a certain kind of way.”
So now that Symone has lost a reported 35 pounds, can we expect to see her slender new form in the upcoming comedy series, State of Georgia?
According to the actress, no.
“Ironically, my character is supposed to be the size that I was before,” she says. “So I have to wear thicker body pads on the show.”
Here is a clip of Raven-Symone talking about her weight loss on the Wendy Williams Show.