Andra Day says her weight loss doesn’t make her feel more attractive

Andra Day has opened up about her massive weight loss for her role in The United States vs Billie Holiday.

The film, set in the 1940s, follows Billie Holiday when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics launches an undercover sting against the jazz singer to stop her from singing her anti-lynching song ‘Strange Fruit.’

Day lost over 18kg (40 lbs) for her Oscar-nominated portrayal, although the 36-year-old says the change to her body hasn’t made her feel more attractive.

Speaking to InStyle about her transformation, the Golden Globe winner said she’s constantly being asked if she “felt prettier” after losing weight. However, Day has a firm reply.

“Hell, no!” the singer-turned-actress said. “I liked being juicy! I was cool.”

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Although she loved her curves, Day admitted her body does feel better for having dropped the kilos.

“I like the way it feels on my joints. You do notice a difference,” she said. “Besides, to me, there is no such thing as a classic beauty.”

“Beauty takes on so many different forms, in different times and depending on the nation,” she continued. “It’s just about being confident, loving yourself, and understanding your value.”

The actress also said that Holiday — who was sexualised and objectified for her looks — helped her develop a “new understanding” of femininity within herself, admitting she’d dealt with a porn and sex addiction in her past.

Andra Day before the 2021 Oscars. (Instagram)

“I feel now, after playing Billie, that I’m honouring her, and the strength that is femininity,” Day explained. “I’m definitely in a healthier place to enjoy that because I’m outside of the addiction.”

Day also spoke about warnings that she would be typecast, and being told she doesn’t always want to be playing the “powerful Black woman.”

“I was like, ‘Yeah, I do,” the actress responded. “I also am one.”

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