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Raven-Symoné showed off a significantly slimmed-down figure at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday -- but she doesn't think it's such a big deal. The former That's So Raven and The Cosby Show star was always proud of the curvy figure she developed in her teens. Now that she's lost some weight, the young actress finds all the attention a little strange.
"Now I wear bigger clothes because I don't like the way people stare at me," she told People. "I liked it before. Now, you're just looking at me for the wrong reasons."
As for whether she's more comfortable in her new body, Raven-Symone says that's never been a problem.
"I thought I looked fabulous before and nobody else did," she says. "So, whatever."
Among popular tween stars, Raven-Symoné has always seemed unusually poised and self-confident. Unlike, say, Miley Cyrus, who seems to try out a new image every few weeks, Raven always seemed to have her own opinions and a strong sense of self. And the actress has always been outspoken about her inability to maintain the typical "Hollywood" figure. In a 2009 NPR interview, she talked about her choice to accept her body as it is.
"I've definitely had obstacles in my career - my whole entire career - to stay a certain weight, to get smaller than I have been, but I look at my family, I look at where I come from and that's not really in our genes," she explained. "Yes, I go exercise; I eat right; I have a nutritionist -- but I can't fulfill what is quote/unquote 'the beauty number' of what you're supposed to be on the scale. I can't do that. And you know what? I'm sorry if that keeps me from getting jobs, if that keeps me from being in certain clothes. I can't do it. "
But somehow, obviously, Raven-Symoné has now slimmed down to a sample size. She's not saying how she did it, but says that she'd recently gained a lot of weight while stressing over her new ABC Family pilot, The Great State of Georgia, in which she plays a sweet Southern singer/actress trying to make it to Broadway. Interestingly, her starring character is described as "an exuberant curvy performer." If the show gets picked up, will she need to put the pounds back on? Doesn't matter to us -- Raven-Symoné has proved that she's fabulous at any weight.
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