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Big Beautiful Musicians

Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul has battled with her weight for years and recently revealed that she dropped 85 pounds. But being bigger didn't stop her amazing voice from wowing the music charts for years. In 2006 Aretha proclaimed that she was proud to be big during an interview with a U.S. website. She said, "For a long time I suffered so much trying to be what other people expected me to be and look like. I definitely was never meant to be a model-type walking down a runway - I'm just Aretha singing what she feels in her heart and soul." -Xfinity Music Programmers

(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

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