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Mar072016

Kierra Sheard praises Ebony Magazine’s cover featuring full-figured women

INSTAGRAMArticle By Brittany Atkins // EEW Magazine Reporter

Full-figured fashion designer and award-winning gospel singer Kierra Sheard is celebrating Ebony Magazine’s latest cover featuring plus-size women.

“Gorgeous, strong, thick, and confident! Go Girls!!!”wrote the “Flaws” singer on Instagram with two hash tags, “#BodyPositive” and “#LuvMyThick.”

The publication’s March  issue takes on “plus-size body image battles” featuring "The Body Brigade" comprising four cover subjects: beauty blogger Gabi Gregg, R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, “Orange is the New Black” actress Danielle Brooks, and R&B vocalist Chrisette Michele.

Courtesy of Ebony Magazine

Sheard, 28, who has been vocal about her own struggle to love her curvy frame, added, “to be healthy and to accept oneself is a beautiful thing; and it is peace of mind. To thine own self, be true...”

The Eleven60 clothing line CEO’s up-and-down weight loss journey has been well documented. In 2014, she underwent a procedure to remove excess skin left over from her 80-pound loss, after starting out at more than 300 pounds.

Then, last December, the young entrepreneur confessed that she did not maintain her trimmed down figure due to emotional eating while grieving the loss of a close friend.

Last month, in a personal blog post titled Surgery Sucks and ‘My Holding Cell’, Sheard said she hasn’t reached a place of full body confidence, while revealing that she recently had a second surgical procedure done.

“I had cosmetic surgery on my arms because of some of the flab that was left from my original weight loss. I'm in pain and this sucks,” she wrote.

Kierra Sheard shares photos of her weight evolution. Says in the two bottom photos, she was working out and taking care of her body (Photo Credit: IAmKierraSheard.com)

 “The pain is dreadful. I fear getting married, having children, and not being able to enjoy running after them. I’ve considered the gastric sleeve but there is something in me that just won’t let me do it because I don't want to be too small and I see so many people having gone through with it and still not be satisfied with their results,” continued Sheard.

In the eyes of fans, the daughter of Karen Clark Sheard of the legendary Clark Sisters seems happy and in control of her life. But according to her, she is finding it difficult to “trample over the doubts and lack of self-discipline that I am currently experiencing.”

In the emotional post, Sheard told readers, “I am ready for this to be over and I cannot believe that I actually have staples in my arms, all for wanting to look a certain way.”

In the midst of her uncertainty and discontentment, looks like she’s finding strength in celebrating fellow full-figured women who are embracing their frames.

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