Jordin Sparks Shows Off a Sleek New Figure on SHAPE!

Superstar American Idol alum Jordin Sparks set the twitterverse abuzz last summer when she posted a photo of herself in a bikini, revealing a slimmed-down figure and the beginnings of a six-pack. Now, a year later and 50 pounds lighter, Sparks shows off her sizzling new silhouette on the cover of SHAPE magazine and opens up about the details of her weight loss.

In an exclusive interview with SHAPE, Sparks says that she experienced a wake-up call at age 21, realizing that even though she was in the prime of her life, she was sick, constantly fatigued, had walking pneumonia, and didn't feel healthy at all.

"I just wanted to be healthy," she says. "I remember thinking, 'I'm in my prime. I should be happy and fit.' That was the moment I decided that changes needed to be made." Although it wasn't easy, the star started slowly by walking around her neighborhood until she felt comfortable enough to try hiking. After that, she joined a gym and took up Zumba and overhauled her diet. Now the star says she's never felt sexier!

The sexy songstress also opens up about her upcoming film debut in next month's Sparkle, working with Whitney Houston, and what she's got planned on the horizon. For more on Jordin's favorite workouts, diet secrets, and career, be sure to pick up the August issue of SHAPE, on newsstands now!

UPDATE: The day and time of our twitterview with Jordin has changed! You can connect with our lovely cover girl during an exclusive twitterview on Thursday, July 26, at 1pm ET. If you have a question for her, tweet it to us @shape_magazine or @JordinSparks with the hashtag #AskJordin. If you're not on Twitter you can still follow the conversation by seaching for that hashtag on Twitter during the interview.

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