Missy Elliott, 43, totally shocked her fans when she performed in New York City on Oct. 16 showing off a much thinner frame since she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease back in 2008. Doesn’t she look great? Of course, Missy has always looked great; she has amazing personal style and her confidence and talent shines through no matter what she does. However, her weight loss has left her absolutely glowing!
You can tell that she feels as healthy as she looks; when she was diagnosed with Graves, she revealed to People in 2011: “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad – I couldn’t even use a pen.”Now that she has lost a reported 70 pounds, according to the Daily Mail, it’s clear that Missy is feeling better than ever following her rigorous treatment of the disease.
The recording artist has spoken extensively about her battle with the autoimmune illness, which affects the thyroid (symptoms can include weight loss). “You live with it for the rest of your life,” the Grammy winner, who was first diagnosed when the disease began affecting her motor skills, previously told People. After the musician skyrocketed to superstardom in the late ’90s, she remained largely out of the spotlight between 2008 to 2011 in order to focus on her health. During that time, she underwent radiation treatments combined with medication and later told People she was feeling better than ever. “I feel great,” Elliott said in 2011. “Under my doctor’s supervision, I’ve been off medication for about a year and I’m completely managing the condition through diet and exercise.”