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Joss Stone: Thank God I’m Not a Model


A vegetarian since birth, Joss Stone who, just released her album the Soul Sessions Vol. 2 this month, is the first to tell you, “check out pictures of me when I was 17. I was totally a chubber.” Luckily, the now slim singer says she never felt the pressure to be thin growing up in the spotlight. Sure, she admittedly cared about her figure growing up, but she never resorted to crazy diets or extreme exercising.

Today, the 5’10,” 25-year-old songstress credits a busy lifestyle, daily walks with her dogs, and just plain old growing up with her longer leaner frame. When she wants to step things up she’ll run a mile or crank out a few sit ups and pushups but that’s about it on the fitness front.

The biggest challenge for Stone seems to be eating on the road, particularly in Europe. According to the soul singer, “in Europe, all they want to give you is bread and cheese, bread and cheese, bread and cheese.” Which doesn’t sound so bad, except that Stone credits all those carbs and calories with her usual post-tour weight gain. But here’s where Stone really impressed me with her perspective, she keeps it all in check saying, “thank God I can sing [for a living] because it really doesn’t matter how thin I am. It’s irrelevant! That’s what I think when I feel that I’ve put on weight. I quickly remind myself, I’m not a model. That’s not important.” And I couldn’t agree more! As long as she’s healthy, it doesn’t matter what her weight is! 

What a refreshing interview. To have someone so young, and in the entertainment industry say, ‘listen, my value does not derive from my weight. I have other talents that got me here.’ I think it’s safe to say, many of us, myself included, can take a page out of Stone’s book. Did I mention this interview was conducted at City Bakery in New York, famous for their homemade marshmallows, rich hot chocolate, and amazing oatmeal raisin cookies??

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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