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Leona Lewis Slims Down


Photo by Luis Monteiro for Grazia

Her photo shoot for the latest issue of UK’s Grazia magazine shows how she went from a size 14 to 10. Leona Lewis underwent a major detox, eating mostly vegetables while avoiding all processed food and drinking nothing but water, for a whole month.

She admitted to becoming more conscious about her figure when she became a celebrity. “Now I sometimes feel like I can’t wear certain things, so I’ve stopped looking at photos of myself,” said the 24-year-old singer. “You become more self-conscious.”

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A curvier Leona Lewis in December 2008.

To see more photos of Leona’s more toned figure, grab your copy of Grazia’s March issue, out this week.



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CNN’s All-Star Tribute to Heroes

Last Saturday night, Hollywood celebrities decked out in their flashy suits and designers dresses for CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009
Three-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis performed the song “Happy” from her sophomore album “Echo.”

Big names such as Neil Patrick Harris, Kate Hudson, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showed their full support to the real “stars” that night.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009
“There are so many awards shows every year for the Hollywood community that participating in something as effective as this makes those others feel inconsequential and provides perspective,” Neil Patrick Harris said.

The ceremony honored top 10 ordinary citizens all over the world for making a difference in the lives of other people. CNN viewers voted for their favorites from the 28 finalists, and the top ten heroes each received $25,000. The biggest winner of the night is 28-year-old Efren Penaflorida Jr. from the Philippines, who received a grant of $100,000 for being CNN’s Hero of the Year.

Efren Penaflorida
CNN Hero of the Year, Efren Penaflorida. Photo from Ako Mismo.

Penaflorida was recognized for his “pushcart classroom”—a program that educates poor children by bringing a pushcart of books to the slums. As a child, he chose school over the gang life and vowed to help other children choose the same path. His small idea grew into the 10,000-member Dynamic Teen Company, which has taught reading, writing, and hygiene to 1,500 kids so far.

To see which stars paid tribute to which heroes, watch the coverage on 9 p.m. EST Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espanol. Also visit CNN’s website.



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In just three hours, 10,000 people grabbed the free passes to the 2009 MTV European Music Awards in Berlin, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. How ironic that the organizers mounted a 12-foot wall at the venue to keep those without tickets from watching the show.

That didn’t stop the musical guests from giving earth-shaking performances. Beyonce Knowles not only bagged the best female artist award and best song award for “Halo,” but also wowed the audience with her racy red outfit as she performed her hit “Sweet Dreams.”

MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 - Show

Wall-to-wall would be an understatement for Katy Perry’s costume changes and hosting skills. From her various red carpet frocks to her glittering stage costumes, Perry’s wardrobe did not disappoint fans that night.

MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 - Backstage Boards

Other highlights included performances by Green Day, Tokio Hotel and Leona Lewis. For a complete list of winners and a gallery of red carpet garbs, visit the official MTV Euro site.

Tokio Hotel arrives at the MTV Europe Music Awards



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