Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Soul music vocalist India.Arie recently told Essence that while in the midst of creating new music, she is also creating a new India. The brown-skinned beauty confessed to having gained some extra pounds a few years ago due to some “confluence of negative experiences.”

Now the, “I Am Not My Hair” singer, who is currently working on a new album, Open Door,  is maintaining her healthy weight through exercise and better food choices.

“Our food choices show up on our body. [We have to] know that are no short cuts to looking and feeling our best,” she says. “I am still learning about this but it shows up on my skin when I am off-balance…and I feel more tired, too.”

Here’s to wishing her well and much success this New Year!