AceShowbiz - Just like any other entertainers in common, Raven-Symone also felt the pressure to appear slimmer and hence started wearing spanx since she was still 14 years old. The former child star opened up about the matter on the Wednesday, April 29 episode of "The View" during when she served as its co-host.
Discussion regarding the matter began after veteran star Whoopi Goldberg expressed annoyance about the apparel company's new campaign slogan, "Don't take yourself or the 'rules' too seriously." In response, Symone recalled, "I've been wearing Spanx since I was about 14 years old."
The 29-year-old actress went on revealing, "I was a lot heavier when I was younger and when you're heavy in the industry, you have to look a certain way. I used to put on two or three Spanx at a time and then a minimizer." She then added, "My mom said, 'You have to stop 'cause you're starting to look like a kielbasa.' "
Symone made no attempt to hide the fact that she dealt with the pressure of losing weight. "I lost weight to keep them people from talking to me," she said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey back in 2014. "I got tired and irritated. I was proud at the time and I am-I love my thicky, thicky self. But now that I lost weight, it's like, 'OK, let me go back in the gym and get it together.' And as soon as I lost weight, it became Thick Girl Season. Everyone just started to be thick on television and I'm like, 'Are they getting the same backlash that I am? 'Cause I was thick!' "