Growing up in the lime light can have a lot of pressure on a girl to maintain her looks as you desperately try so hard to please others. You’re teen years is when you’re in the growth stage, coming into your body, and figuring out who you are. It did not help that the label of a 13 year pop star was told that she had to lose weight.
Jojo, well known for her 2004 hit song “Leave,”shared her dark days as a teen when the people behind her former record label had insisted on her shedding some pounds, in order for her to have a successful music career. She went through extreme measures, injecting herself with an unspecified drug that controlled her appetite ,so that she’d only take in 500 calories a day. Her label had assigned her to a nutritionist and had given her supplements that would help her burn off calories fast, which did more damage to her psychologically growing up than good.
“I felt terrible about myself, and I was upset that I even subscribed to the standard they wanted me to be at. I felt like, ‘If I don’t do this, my album won’t come out.’ Which it didn’t! So it’s not like it even worked!” Jojo said according to http://www.wonderwall.com/.
Eventually the weight came piling back on.
After taking a decade long break from her music career, she has been able to heal and now doesn’t let people’s critiques of her make her crazy. She is better than ever and if you follow her on Instagram, you can see her the confidence that radiates through her pores, as she’s flaunting her curves in a one piece white swimsuit.