R&B star Ashanti jumped at the chance to be a part of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama‘s new hip hop health initiative because she knows just how it feels to constantly be worried about her shape.
The singer has joined a group of artists who are making up Obama’s Hip Hop Public Health Foundation, and together they’re releasing an album of uplifting music for teens in October (13).
Although the Grammy winner has never struggled with weight issues, she insists that mentally it takes a toll because of insecurities surrounding possible weight gain.
“As a public figure, you always have to worry about, ‘Do I look Ok? Are my arms too big? Are my legs big…? And you have to constantly try to be in shape, so you don’t give people too much to talk about,” says Ashanti.