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Andra Day Talks About Losing 40 Lbs to Play Billie Holiday & Reveals How She Feels About the Change

Andra Day Talks About Losing 40 Lbs to Play Billie Holiday & Reveals How She Feels About the Change

Andra Day revealed that she lost forty pounds to portray Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday, for which she won a Golden Globe for her performance.

Now, she’s revealing what it was like losing that amount of weight, what people have asked now, and if she feels different.

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“I’ve had people ask me, ‘Do you feel prettier now that you’ve lost weight?’ I was like, ‘Hell, no! I liked being juicy! I was cool,’ ” she told InStyle. “But I do like the way [the weight loss] feels on my body, I like the way it feels on my joints. You do notice a difference. Besides, to me, there is no such thing as a classic beauty. Beauty takes on so many different forms, in different times and depending on the nation. It’s just about being confident, loving yourself, and understanding your value.”

She was then asked if she feels beautiful, to which she responded, “I definitely do. And it has to do with Billie. It was almost like she said, ‘Sis, we’re going to have to close this, because I have to survive.’ She opened me up to valuing myself in a way that I hadn’t fully before.”

If you missed it, check out the moment Andra was bleeped at the 2021 Oscars (and what fans figured out she actually said!)

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