Credit: NeNe Leakes on Instagram

There’s a variety of reasons why celebrities choose to go on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars — revive a fading career, show off dance skills, tap into a new audience — but most will enjoy the added benefit of a fitter figure. Season 18 contestant NeNe Leakes has been forthcoming about her desire to lose 20 pounds on the reality competition, and turns out she’s already on her way!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is known for her long legs and enviable curves, but she’s often yo-yoed in weight. Most notably, the tall gal revealed that she lost 20 pounds prior to her 2013 wedding to Gregg Leakes. But after the honeymoon, it seems that she put back some (if not most) of those pounds.

So NeNe is hoping she can cha-cha her way down to a slimmer figure, and according to a recent update, she’s already more than a third of the way there!

“Press right after #DWTS my toes hurt & I already lost 7lbs. My goal is 20lbs let's go @tonydovolani,” NeNe wrote on Instagram after this week’s DWTS premiere.

And she was really showing off that weight loss in her opening number! Linnethia rocked a form-fitting white lace number that looked amazing on her, and really displayed all of her hip swivels. If she’s already lost that much in the first week, she’ll be down to her goal weight before midseason! Just don’t lose too much, lady! You are too fabulous for that.

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