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Exclusive: Mo’Nique Reveals How She Stayed Motivated During Weight Loss Journey

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After nearly five years away from the film industry, Mo’Nique, who won an Academy Award in 2009 for her role in Precious, is back on the big screen as Claire in the heartfelt film, Blackbird. And while critics are raving about the film, others are raving about Mo’Nique’s incredible body transformation.

Over the past year, the 46-year-old went through a long journey to lose weight and to create a healthier lifestyle. In May 2013, the actress had lost up to 82 pounds and today, the actress appears more confident than ever.

While at the premiere of Blackbird, HipHollywood caught up with the star to talk about her weight loss quest and how she stayed motivated.

“The journey has been amazing because it truly lets you know what you’re made of. People always say ‘Mo’Nique, what motivates you?’ And sometimes people say ‘you have to do it for yourself.’ Initially, I couldn’t do it for myself. I had to do it for my husband and my children and I had to get out of my own way.”

She continued, “So I say to those people who are desperately trying to get healthy and those moments when you feel like you can’t go any further, you can. But then I look at my husband and I look at my babies and it gives me that extra push for me to say I want a lifetime with my man and I want to meet my children’s children. That’s what keeps me going.”

Check out what Mo’Nique had to say below:

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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