Singer Kelly Price has always struggled despite her enormous vocal talent because of her weight. Even after losing over 100 pounds some years ago, her success has been limited by perceptions about her size. Now the reigning diva on “R&B Divas L.A.,” Price wants to use her newfound reality TV platform to help other overweight-by-Hollywood standards talent get discovered. She is now casting for a new reality series “Too Fat for Fame.”
“I’m really excited about it. I’ve always and to talk about my weight in this industry no matter what it always comes up,” Price told The Tom Joyner Morning Show. “Too Fat for Fame” is a reality platform that’s going to be giving plus-size people an opportunity through various challenges to make their way to their own platform. “There are a lot of singers and dancers, actors and actresses, models and television personalities all around who can’t get a yes because they’re plus-sized. So the first prerequisite of the show is that you’ve got to be plus sized but you’ve got to be really talented, too.”
Price is not just looking for singers. She is interesting in seeing anyone who is overweight and looking to showcase their talents. Her aim with this show is to find people whose talent transcends the notion that being plus-sized means a Hollywood career is out of reach, and she’s looking to cast men or women who fit the bill.
“I guess anything that the industry would consider too big, which is almost everybody if you’re not like spaghetti-thin. In my eyes, I kind of know what they look at and say is acceptable and what’s not acceptable.
These are people who are extremely talented and cannot get a foot in the door or get a yes because of their weight.”
As for her role on “R&B Divas L.A.” which is already as successful as it’s original Atlanta version, Price diplomatically says there’s no one diva that overshadows the others (Sybil disagrees, outing Chante Moore as the show’s top diva so far.) When asked if she would vote anyone off the diva island, Price says not yet.
“I don’t think we get to vote. If we could, there might not be anybody left on the show. Truthfully, we all are [divas]. It’s getting interesting and we all get to watch it roll out. I watched with my jaw on the floor last night.”