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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Beyonce Knowles insisted that she looked like a cotton bud in Dreamgirls. The normally curvaceous singer-and-actress went on a liquid-only diet to slim down for her role as Motown singer Deena Jones in the movie, but admits she didn't like her smaller physique. She told Britain's Elle magazine: "I didn't recognise myself during filming because I looked like a cotton bud and that wasn't a nice feeling. I look better with a few pounds on my bones." In 'Dreamgirls' - which is loosely based on the career of sixties girl group The Supremes - Beyonce's character is asked to become the lead singer of The Dreamettes after original lead vocalist Effie White - played by Jennifer Hudson - is deemed too large.
Beyonce admits she found her drastic crash-course diet a nightmare and couldn't wait to start eating again, because she loves her "fattening" foods. The 25-year-old star, who is dating rapper Jay-Z, said: "I love fried fish, fried shrimp and all different types of pasta. If it's fattening, I love it! The trouble is it goes to my sides, my hips and my butt real quick.
In other news, she has reportedly forced her backing dancers to pay for their own flights to attend rehearsals. The 'Dreamgirls' star, who is promoting her latest album 'B-Day', expects her backing dancers to play for their own flights from New York to Los Angeles to rehearse for her upcoming tour and latest music videos, according to the New York Post newspaper. A source said: "They had to pay for their own flight and work for a measly $400 per video." The dancers were reportedly too scared to complain as they were faced with the threat of not being hired at all if they didn't comply. The source added: "They were told that they couldn't call their agents and that if they didn't agree, they would not be hired." Representatives for Beyonce have so far refused to comment.
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