Aretha Franklin’s Crazy Transformation: See Her Dramatic Weight Loss From 2008 to Now (PHOTOS)
We have a lot of r-e-s-p-e-c-t for Aretha Franklin.
The 71-year-old R&B legend, who's struggled with her weight throughout her life, underwent surgery in 2010 for an undisclosed ailment. After being hospitalized, Aretha completely changed her lifestyle and lost 85 lbs. in 2012. At the time, she said on The View, "I feel wonderful, I've got more energy, I've changed my diet, going to Whole Foods now, getting the best stuff … Dropped the chitlins, drop the ham hocks, getting some — I won't say better food, I'll say other food."
Now, three years later, Aretha still looks amazing. Compared to this photo from February 14, 2008 — exactly six years ago — at the 39th NAACP Image Awards, Aretha looks like a completely different person!
Click to the next slide to see how healthy and fabulous the Queen of Soul looks now.