By: Joseph Middleton
If Marion Williams was Packin' Up, Fantasia's Packin' On. According to rollingout.com, Fantasia has been told to gain 30-45 pounds to prepare to play the role of Mahalia Jackson in the upcoming biopic about the Golden Era Gospel singer.
On a side note, with this demand for Fantasia to gain weight, I hope that the producers of the film will keep things authentic. While Mahalia was a large woman during the height of her career, she lost quite a bit of weight towards the end of her career as she battled her physical ailments.