Jordin Sparks Shapes Up And Rocks A Bikini

July 20, 2012 By:

Jordin Sparks, reveals a hot new bikini body on the August cover of Shape Magazine.

The singer/songwriter turned actress began her career in 2007 when she won the title of “American Idol” in the show's sixth season.

Now 22, Sparks told Shape that her overweight wake-up call came last year after bouts with fatigue, sickness and walking pneumonia.

"I just wanted to be healthy," she says. "I remember thinking, 'I'm in my prime. I should be happy and fit.' That was the moment I decided that changes needed to be made."

So how did she drop those extra 50 pounds? Baby steps.

First she started walking, then hiking, then went to the gym, got into Zumba, and made serious nutritional changes to her diet.

She now joins “AI” alum Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson in their very public physical overhauls, that included improving their health by dropping some serious weight.

Clarkson’s form has yo-yoed over the years, but, motivated by love, has really toned up as of late.

Hudson, an eminent bride-to-be, had her slim-down progress more closely charted as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

All three of these woman look great! And, most importantly, seem really happy.

And speaking of following in Hudson’s footsteps, remember her Oscar winning performance in Dreamgirls?

Well Jordin can soon be seen as the lead in Sparkle, about three girls in the 1960’s rising to fame in Motown. Whitney Houston, in her final role, plays Sparks mother in the film, and the two recorded a single together for the soundtrack shortly before her tragic death.

Sparkle releases August 17, but you can get a full-body glimpse at the glamorous new Sparks on newsstands now!