American R&B singer, songwriter, and reality star, Kelly Price, is well known for working with music legends like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Jermaine Dupri, and LL Cool J to name a few.

Her rendition of "As We Lay," released in 2000, made her a household name, but her career has mostly been background singing since then. Part of her reason for not going mainstream has always been her weight. 

Kelly Price On Receiving Backlash for Her Weight

Price has always been targeted by the media, pointing out her weight and her weight loss journey since the early days of her career.

The 'Friend of Mine' songwriter discussed her journey through weight loss and body shaming in the music industry during an interview with The Breakfast Club, on April 6, 2021.

Many told her she didn’t “fit the profile” for a mainstream artist. The R&B Diva opened up about how she pulled out from signing a record contract with Jive Records because the executive told her she would need to lose weight as he stated, "nobody wants to see a fat girl sing."

Price noted that if she didn’t meet the record label’s target weight, they would have terminated her aspirations. She also shed light on an incident with a group at Daddy’s House who insulted her based on her weight during a recording session.

While she has lost a significant amount of weight since her early days, in the interview, she slammed the media and the industry as a whole for forcing her to look a certain way.

Kelly Price On Body-Positivity

American singer, rapper and songwriter, Lizzo, recently went to her TikTok captioned "From one fat girl to y'all" to share her thoughts on how some people can't seem to lose weight because that's how their body naturally is.

Price, who is a close admirer of Lizzo, expressed how artists like Lizzo, through their platform, are spreading body-positive messages, overall changing the narrative of what beauty actually means.

The 48-year-old talked about how the responses from label executives and body-shaming comments from her own followers affected her confidence as a performer in her early life. She also confessed to following extreme diets and workouts for weight loss. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Price wished she were as confident as Lizzo when she was her age and that she would have made better decisions in her professional and personal life if she had her confidence.

“She’s super important. People ask me about her all the time. Like I love that she loves herself in the skin that she’s in because I wasn’t there when I was her age. Like, I wasn’t.”

Many have pointed out how superficial the music industry has become and that looking in a certain way has been given much more value than actual talent. We would love to see a body diverse community in the music industry!