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Celeb Watch: Chaka Khan Shows Off New Figure



Listen. I have a special place in my heart for Chaka. Not because, as kids, we used to all get bopped for sneaking and singing “Tell Me Something Good” at the top of our lungs when we thought our parents weren’t listening… but because, in the beginning of our courtship, The Mister sent me this photo of Chaka from the 1970s telling me, “You remind me of her.”

…it was then, that I knew this man is a keeper. Ha!

But, truth be told, I didn’t know this Chaka! Like, who is this fro’d out bombshell?

Apparently, Chaka has decided to [partly] revisit these days:

Now… apparently, Chaka appeared out of virtually nowhere sporting a much slimmer physique, even slimmer than her appearance at the annual Red Dress Fashion Show this February:

So… I can’t seem to find any information on what Chaka attributes her weight loss to, but I am happy to see her looking like old school Chaka. Don’t worry, girl, I’ll hold you down on the ‘fro front. (She is wearing that red on her hair, though!)

I tell you what, though – if she busts out doing Slim Fast commercials or something, I’m gonna throw a fit.

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She now lives in New York with her family, and is working on her 4th, 5th and 6th certificates.


  1. Serenity

    April 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    she looks like Tina Turner

    • Kerry Williams

      April 30, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      she looks great, but I’m skeptical if she did it all without medical assistance as all her stomach is gone. It’s kind of hard to lose all your abs on just dieting and exercise but maybe she had an excellent trainer. Go Chaka, you are doing it.

      • Erika Nicole Kendall

        April 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        Kind of hard? No… no, it’s not. LOL

        • ErickaDenise

          May 1, 2012 at 10:05 AM

          It’s not impossible… especially if the weightloss is gradual.

        • Sonya

          May 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM

          No it’s not. When you cut carbs/sugar out of you diet (or simply reduce them) you will lose belly fat. The hard part is cutting out the bad stuff…LOL!

  2. B.

    April 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    I remember the sexy Chaka from the 70’s (i’m sort of a hippy). She looks great (healthy)! I too will scream if she starts promoting a “weight loss” company!

  3. Lisette

    April 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Please, oh please, let her weight loss be as real as her music! I mean real as in the result of hard work. A nightmare would be her in a commercial touting one of those weight-loss programs singing, “I’m every woman. It’s all in me.” That’s my theme song, but I would sing it with a little less enthusiasm if it gets turned into the anthem for a diet program.

    Anyhoo…she looks amazing! In addition to how she did it, I would like to know what health benefits she has experienced as a result of her weight loss and what her motivation was/is.

  4. Michelle

    April 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    She looks amazing and testimony that it’s never too old to make it happen

  5. BlkQueen

    April 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Shes looking FIERCE *Snaps fingers*

  6. HerMindandBody

    April 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Oh wow she looks fabulous!!!

  7. zakneka

    April 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM


  8. cjbrownsc

    April 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Hi Erika!

    I had to come out of lurkdom for this post – I remember THAT Chaka!
    To me, she was the Baddest Chick in the Game!

    I am still a huge fan of hers and pray she isn’t on the weightloss
    spokesperson bandwagon.

  9. Tremilla

    April 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I’m do happy for her. I’ve been saying for a long line that I wish her and Aretha would get it together. She looks good. I’m happy that she decided to something about her weight. Here’s to keeping up the good work!

  10. Annette

    April 30, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I remember Chaka Khan when she was with Rufus. There was no one like her. Her style her big voice and tremendous Fro. Just amazing. So glad she is working on her health. Want her to be around a lot more.

    Wonder if it is Weight Watchers Jennifer has been an inspiration to others. For a grandmother she is looking mighty fine.

  11. Paulette

    April 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    I need to jump on the bandwagon and hope that she isn’t about to bust out being the spokesperson for some snake oil in a can. Please let it be from hard work, perservance, sweat and more sweat. Amen.

  12. itcanbeifuwillit

    April 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Most people revamp their lifestyles once New Year’s Day rolls around, but Chaka Khan seems to have gotten a head start, revealing that she’s already made some “big change” in her diet. The “Ain’t Nobody” singer, who showed up to the taping of VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul with her date 50 Cent, showed off her slimmed down figure during Monday night’s airing of the special on VH1. Noticeably more svelte, the singer revealed, “I’m eating mostly vegan, most of the time. I’m exercising,” and she says she has a thing for one of actress Kirstie Alley’s Organic Liaison weight-loss drinks.

    Read On ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/music-news/2011/12/20/chaka-khan-reveals-secret-to-her-weight-loss.html#ixzz1tYFyLxZx

    • Erika Nicole Kendall

      April 30, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      *loud groan*

    • KarmenTracy

      May 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      She had me, up until the Kirstie Alley Drinks….j/k – Chaka always has me – she’s the star of my workout playlist. But I still dunno about them drinks….

  13. Vee

    April 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Wow Chaka Kahn looks amazing!! I saw that pic of her in the red back in February she looks gr8!!

  14. shine

    April 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    WOW! What’d she do? She looks phenomenonal!!

  15. AB

    April 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    She always been fine, but DAMN! Homegirl is about 20 years my senior; I gotta get it together I’ve got no excuse, LOL

  16. Yolanda L

    April 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    She looks great. But losing it so FAST is a bit suspicious…

  17. D. Richardson

    April 30, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I’m in absolute approval of her weight-loss, she looks awesome.

  18. Keydra

    April 30, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I love Chaka! She had the best figure ever when she was younger, and her big girl body was banging as well. She looks amazing though and I’m happy for her!

  19. Ursula

    May 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    My favorite sanger of ALL time from childhood to this moment bar none. She was a bad b#tch then and that is still true. I remember when she had her daughter by C-section and returned to the stage soon after with an almost flat belly. So its been done before. She is small in stature so 20 extra pounds will look like she is dragging another person around. Now I’ve lost 20lbs and cant see it but my clothes tell the story. Please forgive any typos I’m on a crapberry. Chaka you gotta be the flyest Grandma ever!!!! Congrats

  20. Katie Marbley

    May 1, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    She looks wonderful!! It is not hard to achieve your weight loss goals if you are consistent with a fitness routine and a heathy clean diet. She did not appear morbidly obese, so it possible she did it the natural way. However she did it,she looks good!

  21. Jeff

    May 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Chaka is a vegan now. No meat. That is how she did it

  22. Sherry

    May 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Chaka looks absolutely wonderful and healthy! Chaka was and will always be the truth!

    You go Chaka!

  23. Broom Helda

    May 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Chaka says she is about 50% vegan now. What prompted the weight loss is she was diagnosed with diabetes prior to losing the weight. Her doctor told her weight loss would more than likely cancel out the diabetes.

    • Joan B. in S. C.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Chaka also mentioned she’s raising her granddaughter and wants to be healthy and around for her.

  24. Jeri

    May 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I am happy for Chaka. She looks awesome! I have had a weight problem myself. I have lost 25 lbs and I am still working at it. It is a lot of hard work. Cutting out the unhealthy foods such as pizza ( one of my favorites treats) is difficult at times but I am getting better at selecting the foods that I eat. When I want to exercise, I go out walking in my neighborhood. To me, that is the fun way to exercise. The weight is falling off gradually, but I know that someday, I will get down to the size that I want to be. Once again, I am happy for Chaka. Hopefully, she will let us know how she did it ( lose the weight).

  25. Jeri

    May 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I just read the other comments. She is a vegan. Wow, that is a hard route to go for me because I must have my fish and chicken from time to time. But, anyway Chaka looks fabulous and I am happy for her. I think I will cut down on my red meat. That will probably help me.

  26. Elicia

    May 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    When I saw a pic of her new body I googled her and she has a video on Youtube telling how she lost the weight. My jobs website blocks YouToube so I’ll have to see it when I get home, lol. But google her and check it out.

  27. Garnet

    June 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    That first picture, I surely remember CHAKA at the old ” Shea Stadium” in New York, concert was the bomb, Love her voice, big or small, you.go.girl.


    June 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Chaka Khan,look good as hell! Tell me something good? What is your secret in losing all the weight? Now this is the Chaka I Know! Stay Beautiful and Slim!

  29. S

    August 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Finally Getting Healthy: YES!
    Spanx n Leather: NO!

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