Jordin Sparks Shows Off 50-Pound Weight Loss at Sparkle Premiere

Celebrity Body Aug. 15, 2012 AT 1:30PM
 Jordin Sparks attends the screening of "Sparkle" on August 14, 2012 in New York City.
Jordin Sparks attends the screening of "Sparkle" on August 14, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Jordin Sparks didn't need an over-the-top sequined gown to shine at the Sparkle premiere in NYC Tuesday.

Instead, the film's star, 22, donned a minimalist, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet peplum frock (with matching patent leather stilettos) which showed off her incredible 50-pound weight loss.

At the Teen Choice Awards last month, Sparks opened up to Us Weekly about the key to her jaw-dropping body makeover, which she first debuted last spring.

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"There is no secret," the Season Five American Idol champ shared. "It's just better eating and working out! It's definitely a daily thing."

Jordin Sparks attends the unveiling of
Jordin Sparks attends the unveiling of "Because of You" on October 6, 2010 in New York City.
Credit: Mike Coppola/FilmMagic

One of her favorite ways to stay active? High-energy dance classes like Zumba.

"My mom's best friend is a Zumba instructor and I loved it," she gushed. "I started with walking then went to jogging and then Zumba." In addition to her cardio-heavy classes, "I started [working with a trainer] and we did 30 minutes of circuit training," Sparks says. "So I didn't feel like I needed to be in the gym for two hours."

Sparks' lifestyle changes have paid off big time -- this summer, the pop star landed the August cover of Shape, where she flaunted her slimdown in a barely-there bikini.

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"I could only dream of having a cover and looking like that," she told Us. "I thought, 'I did it!' I had to walk back to my dressing room and . . . pull myself together because I was overwhelmed. I cried. I shed a little tear."

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