“Before” Pics for Jamie Eason’s LiveFIT Challenge (VLOG + Photos)

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  • SHERRY28269
    Good luck with the program. I will check out your team and find out more about it.
    3079 days ago
    I’m down for this. Now over to your link! Great Idea, and thanks for sharing, and taking us along for the ride!
    “Strength training in Numbers”!!!
    3084 days ago
    You definitely already look great and enviable. While I definitely support you in your new goals, it’s not so much that I think they’ll make you look “better”; you’ll just look like a different definition of “great” … you know, one with even more muscle definition 😉 Good luck!
    3084 days ago
  • SUPERMOM8482
    Great blog!!! and I can’t wait until we all get to see our results it will be Awesome!! I love the bicep pic!
    I need to get my food batch cooked today since it didn’t happen yesterday for me, but still eating clean just missed a meal 🙁 O well fine tuning as I go…

    3084 days ago
    I came close to joining your group, but then I remembered I’ll be going into surgery in October. So bummed! I can’t wait to see your progress. I’ll use the program to recover from surgery 🙂 Thanks!
    3084 days ago
  • PHD140
    thanks for posting about this team– I’ll look into it this week. I’m actually in need of fresh ST moves anyway, my first issue of Oxygen magazine hasn’t arrived yet!
    3084 days ago
    Whit…you are adorable. Everyone has their own “problem areas” even if others think we look fine, we are our worst critic! I am really looking forward to this program! New things are always exciting!
    3085 days ago
    I think you look great, but your opinion counts more. Keep doing what you need to do.
    3085 days ago
    Everyone always has little things about them they want to change, even swimsuit models and bodybuilders, I think yours goes a little deeper though, maybe you don’t see yourself as you are, but still as you were, because girl seriously, you look amazing! I don’t just say this to everyone either, but you have a gorgeous face, stunning smile, beautiful lean body and a great proportional shape to boot! Seriously. There are a million girls who would kill to have your body. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
    3085 days ago
  • TRISH2007
    I’m jealous of your before pics!
    I’m excited to be starting the program tomorrow too. Good luck!
    3085 days ago
  • KLONG8
    Today my car almost pulled me into a Walgreen’s parking lot so I could go in and buy a Snicker’s! And I never thought I had a sweet tooth but today…really a challenge.
    Go Whitney, go!
    3086 days ago
    great…glad u are doing it too! 🙂
    3086 days ago
    you look so awesome! prefect already ;p can’t wait to see how you can improve prefection ;p LOL I know evrything is relative ;p
    3086 days ago
    First of all you look great! Second of all you’ll rock that challenge!!
    3086 days ago
    I checked out the challenge and was looking forward to it, but when I previewed, it looks to be gym moves, and I don’t go to the gym, I work out at home. BUT…I’m hoping to get some new equipment in the next little while, so hopefully, I can join then.
    Can’t wait to see how your progress goes!
    3086 days ago
    Ya look great to start! Hope you can achieve your goals – I also struggle with sweets (I’ve been craving some Twizzlers the last couple of days!) and eating clean – especially with my new job. I also tend to overeat on weekends, so I’m always trying to get back to my ideal every Monday!
    Hope the new program helps you get where you want to be!
    Good luck,
    Heather 🙂
    3086 days ago
    Good luck! Cant wait to see and hear about your progress and how you find the programme
    3086 days ago
  • SARAHMAC1978
    Good luck with it! Your before photos are great, so I’m sure you’ll be super happy with the end results 😉
    3086 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Abs ar so hard . . . I’ve never had kids & I definitely have a roll there still!
    Look at that back tho . . . those dimples above your butt!
    3086 days ago
  • SPONSKY120
    You go girl you’re awesome!!! Mine will be up tomorrow!! DON’T WORRY…my whimpy arms and puffy cheeks (from wisdom teeth out) should make some pretty sweet before pics eh??? hahaha great luck I’m so excited to do this with you!!!
    3086 days ago
    Those are some great “before” photos! Your before photos are my aspiring after photos!! Can’t wait to see your results as you progress through this program!
    3086 days ago
    You look really good. I know it’s tough to post these pics. Most of us can always find something wrong with our bodies. Many others looking on are in awe.
    You have come a very long way and motivated many including me. Thanks you.
    You might want to look into Somatyping your body type and tuning your workouts and eating to accommodate that. It could help you crack some of the genetics you have been given. For me it’s carb sensitivity.
    I sent you an article to your Inbox, How To Fight “Bad” Hormones with “Good” Hormones By John Romaniello
    Consider the running and your HR zones. You may want to do intervals, shorter distances and more speed to get the body to change. More intensity. We all need to figure it out for our body. No two people are the same and no program is perfect. We need to keep what works and constantly adapt, therefore, you will need to customize any program to you.
    I would consider 2 days a week spending specific work on the core, hips, legs, balance, and low back. You won’t find these specific exercises unless have a PT work with you or do some serious digging. There are specific ways to execute these. It takes time many are holds of 30 sec and several reps. At first they will beat you up for running but after about 12 weeks you will have more snap and power along with flexibility. I have all these exercises in PDF form if you want them.
    Whit, you have time. Finish the program you are on and start looking to the next program. We need to mix it up. It’s a learning process.
    What is not to like about your body? If you are looking for a specific look I guess strength work and building the shoulders to make them appear more broad might give the appearance that the waist is more pronounced. I like you right now and if you took a poll I bet 99% would tell you “U-Rock”!
    You are damn fine just the way you are.
    3086 days ago
    You’re already starting out with some great arms and back. You’ll get awesome results!!
    3086 days ago
    You are just so pretty, in your vlog and in your pictures – I understand how scary posting pictures can be but you shouldn’t worry. I’m very curious to see your progress in the next 12 weeks. Way to go!
    3086 days ago
  • REDSHOES2011
    Your beautiful, quit worrying so much! Jamie is a really cool person, I have used alot of her information without even knowing it.. Love to hear how things go! She is right about needing enough decent food- I also burn off food more effectively..
    3086 days ago
    Comment edited on: 8/20/2011 1:02:31 PM
    Your arms look good!
    3086 days ago
    Awesome! Not sure I’m brave enough to post photos, but maybe I will. I look forward to seeing some definition all over!! Thanks for posting the link to the challenge. It came along right when I needed it!
    3086 days ago
    Super photos! Thanks for sharing!
    3086 days ago
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Jamie Eason Livefit Trainer Phase 1 Review & Results


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I have always been about that strength training life. I love lifting weights, it is a great feeling to be able to get stronger and lift heavier, It is fun not necessarily having to ask my husband to pick up everything, because I can manage 🙂

The Jamie Eason Livefit Trainer Plan is a 90 day plan that is mainly focused on weight lifting target areas of the body. I personally have never had a set program for lifting before…I would see a machine, jump on it do a couple sets and keep it moving. This program is a challenge for me because never have I ever dedicated so much time to lifting–Phase one was all about lifting and building muscle while cutting the cardio out. For most women, this type of program is unheard of! We are cardio bunnies by nature, we love our Zumba, ellipticals–we LOVE our endorphins!

30 Days No Cardio

I didn’t exactly follow this rule because I had two classes that I simply could not stay away from. One is the Zumba class I teach every Sunday and then there is a Tuesday Spin Class that is just amazing. I had a new normal however because instead of doing my usual cardio routine 4-5 times a week, it was dramatically reduced to 1-2 times a week.

I was physically in the gym almost every day however lifting and sculpting different body parts including areas that I had never touched before like my shoulders and back. The exercises were relatively simple until we got to week 3 and 4.

Variation & Videos

One thing I liked about this program was the fact that you never did the same routine more than twice. The first two weeks of the program you would do Leg Presses but by the third week you were doing wide legged squats.I would have totally gotten very tired of the program if things didn’t change often enough.

There were plenty of strength training that were totally brand new to me The great thing about the program is that there are quick 15 second videos on the bodybuilding.com site showing you exactly how to perform each exercise, which was priceless! There was more than one occasion where I had no clue what the exercise was, and could access it directly from my phone when I was on the gym floor. Handy!

Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer Phase One is the muscle building phase, I was actually surprised that I could complete the entire program, after the first 2 weeks, it gets pretty intimidating! I was able to complete every exercise, every rep, and every set. The shoulders and Abs were my hardest days, the Leg days left me the most sore, and the biceps and back were the “easiest” meaning I didn’t feel a ton of pain in the morning (but that quite possibly can change!).

Eating & The Plan

My eating could have been TONS better, but I did make improvements over my regular eating by adding more protein. I’ve mentioned before that you are HUNGRY on this program because of all the muscle building but I realized that snacking helped me manage a ton better.

Before’s and After’s

I’m not quite sure what I expected but I was happy with these results. There wasn’t much of a difference in my tummy area but I think that was due to the fact that there isn’t a lot of abs work at all. I used to do ab work 3-4 times weekly and now, I did only 2 moves once a week. I need to incorporate more ab work in the second phase on my own!

My back is where I see the most difference so I know something is working somewhere 😉 I am happy with my new arms definition and unexpected butt lift too!


My most favorite part about this Phase one is that I am now able to do 45 pushups on my toes! As a non bootcamper I detest pushups! But because the program required them, I did it. Now I am managing my 45 pushups (did I mention on my toes) in phase 2 and coming into it barely managing 5!

The program is tough and Phase 2 requires cardio 4 times a week PLUS a very intense lifting regimen. The workouts average about 90 minutes a day, which is brutal, not on my body but rather on my schedule. But like everything else, I will try to make it work!

Are you good at pushups? What was the last thing you did that truly challenged you?


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Sia Furler is looking for love. This being 2018, that means using apps like Tinder and Bumble. She doesn’t use her real name, but she does post real photos of herself on the apps. Not that anyone recognizes her; although she’s scored hits like “Chandelier” (1.9 billion YouTube views and counting) and “Cheap Thrills” (which made her one of only a handful of women in their forties to have a Number One hit), she has for years obscured her face with an oversize blond wig whenever she performs. When a potential date asks what she does for a living, she’ll say she’s a writer. Eventually, she might say, “I’m actually also a pop star called Sia.”

“I went on a couple of dates, and they were nice,” says Sia, who grew up in Australia but has lived in Los Angeles for about seven years. “It was very funny, and it was great practice. I’m trying to practice intimacy. ’Cause we don’t date in Australia. We just get together.”

In the past, Sia has been trusting to a fault, jumping feet-first into love. She dated filmmaker Erik Lang for two weeks before they got engaged in 2014. Two years later, they were divorced. She’s trying to date with the same measured control she applies to her professional life. “I probably go on two or three dates before I say, ‘Hmm, I don’t think this is my person,’ ” she says. “It’s an interesting process, dating at 42.”

Most nights, Sia would just as soon be in bed by eight, watching TV with her dogs, Lick-Lick, Pantera and Cereal. She goes to 12-step meetings and hangs out with friends, most of whom she’s known since before she became a star. (I count myself among that group.) She’s made a few celebrity buddies as well, like Katy Perry, who serves as Sia’s unofficial “pop-star concierge.” “She gave me the doctor that comes to your house, the nutritionist,” Sia says. “I’ve inherited all my new pop-star ways from her.”

Stardom may not have come naturally to Sia, but she’s built a career that’s unique in modern pop. She’s a songwriter and singer in equal measure, a famous hitmaker who’s more comfortable behind the scenes. She has a huge, raw voice that creaks and breaks as if teetering on the edge of a cliff, or her sanity. She’s penned more than 100 pop songs for artists like Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Perry and Rihanna, whose “Diamonds” hit Number One. And she’s overcome more than her share of hurdles to get where she is today, including alcoholism, bipolar disorder, an autoimmune disorder and a suicide attempt (more on all that in a minute).

Today, things are pretty good. Stable. Her life no longer hangs in the balance. But years of therapy and medication and 12-step meetings have not entirely quieted the internal monologue that helped drive her to drink and drugs. What does that monologue sound like today? “Um, mostly, ‘Fat fuck, fat fuck, fat fuck. Tree trunk, tree trunk, fat fuck, fat fuck, tree trunk, tree trunk, loser, loser, fat fuck, loser, fat fuck, fat fuck.’

“I have dieted like crazy over the last 10 years,” she explains, “trying to fit into the stereotype of, like, ‘hot pop star.’ Somebody did say, ‘You don’t have to be a model. You’re actually an artist. . . . It literally doesn’t matter what you look like.’ ”

Missy Elliott, Katy Perry and Sia attend a party hosted by Spotify at Cicada in Los Angeles, 2016. Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

I first met Sia early in 2011. We were both sober, both living on the same block in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park. She had an effervescent personality, a sort of childlike enthusiasm that could obscure a quick wit. I assumed she was something of a has-been. She’d had a brief moment of fame years earlier, after her song “Breathe Me” was used during the finale of HBO’s Six Feet Under. But when I met her, she was living in a studio apartment with a Murphy bed and furniture she’d found on the street.

A few years later, after she co-wrote and sang “Titanium,” a hit for the French DJ David Guetta, her career surged and she bought a house in a nicer part of Echo Park. I remember standing in the kitchen as she told me her new plan: She was putting out an album, but she was never going to show her face; instead, she’d hide it behind a giant bob wig. She’d had a taste of fame and decided it wasn’t for her, didn’t want to be recognized in the supermarket. And I remember thinking, “What a dumb idea.” How could you make it as a pop star without showing your face? Weren’t there already photos of her online? Wasn’t this plan a bit . . . pretentious?

It worked better than she could have imagined. In the era of Instagram stories, where the audience has unfettered access to their favorite celebrities, her refusal to show her face felt almost transgressive. The wig, along with some extremely catchy hits, helped make Sia an icon.

In September, LSD, a supergroup she formed with Diplo and singer-producer Labrinth, will release their debut album. And Sia has also just taken on her most difficult project yet: directing her first feature film, Music, due out sometime next year. It’s a musical that stars 15-year-old Maddie Ziegler, the dancer from the “Chandelier” video, as an autistic child who comes under the care of her sober drug-dealing sister, played by Kate Hudson. It’s about finding your voice and creating your own family, two big themes in Sia’s life. She knows it’s a gamble — a massive undertaking that could be seen as a vanity project, even though it’s a story she desperately wants to tell. Part of her already regrets it. But part of her also feels like she has no choice but to take the risk. “A lot of people in my industry have to do the same things over and over because it’s what people want,” she says. “I’ve tried to work out ways to make this fun and to see what I can get away with, essentially.”

Sia hops out of an SUV in front of the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills and is greeted by her manager, her personal assistant and two production assistants. She’s suffering from a migraine, but still talks cheerfully as she breezes through the lobby. Upstairs, a production assistant leads her down a long hallway, which the crew has covered in a plastic film that pops and groans as we walk across it.

“Excuse you,” Sia says quietly.

“What?” asks the production assistant nervously.

“Oh, I was making a fart joke,” Sia says. A doctor is waiting in her dressing room to give her a shot of Tramadol — “my bum shot!” she says — for the migraine. Feeling lighter, she’s taken to meet the director.

“Do you want to know what’s going on?” he asks.

“Not really,” she says. “Just tell me what lines to learn.”

She’s filming a commercial for Google Assistant, and there are only a handful of lines plus facial expressions — or, rather, mouth expressions, since everything above will be covered by a beach-ball-size wig, half black and half blond. When Sia’s manager asked Google representatives if they wanted Sia with or without the wig, they were adamant: “Oh, it has to be with the wig,” they said. “The wig is famous!” For less than six hours of work, she tells me, the wig will make a million dollars.

There was a time when Sia wanted to be an actor. She was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia (alumni include Cate Blanchett and Baz Luhrmann), but decided she wanted to travel instead. Her dad, Phil Colson, was a blues guitarist; her mom, Loene Furler, was an artist and teacher at the local college in Adelaide (they never married, and split when Sia was 10). Sia grew up watching arthouse movies and putting on plays, talking in funny voices, pretending to be other people, dancing and singing. “That’s what got respect and love in my house,” she says. “Entertaining.”

At 17, she got a job singing for Crisp, a sort of acid-jazz-funk band in Adelaide, her hometown. The first night she performed with them, she was terrified. Someone handed her a glass of wine, her first ever. For years afterward, she hardly went a day without a drink.

Her first love was a waiter named Dan Pontifex. The relationship lasted only a year and a half, but they remained friends, and were planning a trip to Europe in 1997 when Pontifex was killed by a hit-and-run taxicab on his 24th birthday. “It was my first big loss, you know?” she says. “So I drank a lot and did a lot of drugs with all of his grieving friends.”

Sia Furler, of Zero 7, is pictured at 93ft East in November 2001 in London, England. Photo credit: Jim Dyson/Getty Images

Pontifex had been living in a three-bedroom house in London with a dozen other Australians. Most had never met Sia, but welcomed her with open arms. They grieved, drank, got high, and in short order she’d moved into the house. She got a job bartending, but was fired for giving away too many drinks. She sang backup on some unreleased Jamiroquai tracks, and recorded two solo albums: 1997’s OnlySee, which sold roughly 1,200 copies, and 2001’s Healing Is Difficult. A critic for the BBC raved, “It’s not really a question of drawing parallels with other vocalists; rather that in years to come it is others that will be compared to her.” But even though the album’s lead single hit the Top 10 in the U.K., sales were middling, and she was dropped by her label.

Sia moved to the south of England, in with her alpaca-farmer boyfriend. One morning she woke up to a volley of e-mails from friends in the U.S. about “Breathe Me” being used in Six Feet Under. All of a sudden, the song was all over KCRW and other indie stations. The success was hard-earned: The night she had written “Breathe Me,” she’d tried to kill herself by washing down 22 Valium with a bottle of vodka. “Unfortunately,” she says, “you can only commit sleep on Valium — or should I say fortunately.”

Her next two albums were moderate successes, charting in the Top 40 but failing to produce hits outside Australia. And by late 2010, there was an even bigger problem to face: She still wanted to die. She was bottoming out again, drinking too much vodka, taking Xanax and OxyContin, watching too much TV, living in near-isolation. She decided to check into the hotel around the corner from her apartment and take all the pills she had. She wrote letters to the hotel manager and the maid, hoping to spare
them the trauma of finding her cold, dead body: “Please do not come in. I am dead inside. Please call an ambulance.”

Before she could leave for the hotel, her phone rang. Sia answered it and heard an old friend say, “Squiddly-diddly-doo!” That was how Sia used to answer, back when she still had a spark. “There must have been a part of me that really wanted to live,” she recalls, “because in that moment, I thought, ‘There’s a world out there and I’m not a part of it. But I might like to be.’ ” Instead of checking into the hotel, she called her dog-walker, who was sober. The next day, she went to her first 12-step meeting.

Sia is hoping to be out of the Google shoot by 9 p.m. — she’s been invited to Kanye West’s house, in Hidden Hills, for a party. But the shoot is dragging on, as they tend to. In her dressing room, she dons a white robe and sits down with her manager, Jonathan Daniel (whom everyone calls J.D.), to listen to a few tracks she recently cut with LSD. Daniel taps both feet to the first song, “Gen-ius,” a sort of back-and-forth between Sia and Labrinth, with references to Einstein and Stephen Hawking and a chorus that goes, “Only a genius could love a woman like me.”

Sia likes “Genius,” but says, “It’s still missing that amazing hook.” She turns to address Labrinth, who’s on speakerphone: “It’s shit lyrics, babe. It’s fun, but it’s shit. If you want, you could do way better. You can do better than ‘lock your heart’ or whatever.”

“I like ‘You’re the lock and I’m the key,’ ” says Labrinth.

“I agree it’s pop,” interjects Daniel.

“We did get Hawking in there,” she says. “And Galileo.”

Next they listen to what J.D. wants to be the second single, “Audio,” a slower song with a muted beat. Sia makes a vomit motion with her hands.

“It’s not your finest lyrics,” J.D. says with a smirk.

“It’s like I can’t steal any more from Grace Jones,” says Sia (who, by the way, never makes it to Kanye’s house, opting instead for her bed and the company of Lick-Lick, Pantera and Cereal).

These days, Sia doesn’t listen to pop music. Her iPhone is practically barren; all she has on iTunes is Keith Jarrett’s Köln live album, a Madness song and “The Macarena.” And she can be harshly critical of her own work. Of her biggest hit, “Cheap Thrills,” she says, “That one’s not cheesy, that’s straight fluff.”

When Sia met J.D. in 2010, she was desperate for a change — sick of touring, sick of interviews and promotion. She’d been diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder brought about, in part, by stress. “The music business was essentially killing her,” J.D. says. By then, Sia knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted to be a pop songwriter: invisible, behind the scenes and rich. “Well, do you like pop music?” asked J.D.

“I like Beyoncé,” Sia said.

Sia had written four songs for Christina Aguilera. None were hits, and subsequent attempts at songwriting went unsold. Daniel explained that most pop hits nowadays were hung on a single concept or metaphor — something precise and Googleable. Like Perry’s “Firework.”

“So, like, ‘Piggy Bank’?” Sia asked. “As in, ‘I ain’t no piggy bank.’ ”

“Exactly!” said J.D.

“Titanium,” her track for Guetta, took less than an hour. Most of the lyrics simply restated the central concept: “You shoot me down but I won’t fall. I am titanium.” It was like “Eye of the Tiger,” but for not being a doormat. When she sent the demo to Daniel, he knew instantly: “This is a hit song.” But Sia was adamant: “I’m not singing this kind of song,” she said.

In part, she was nervous about being seen as a sellout. Besides, she hated house music, and didn’t feel the lyrics were true to her perspective — she certainly didn’t feel bulletproof. Perry passed on it, thinking it was too much like “Firework.” Mary J. Blige recorded a version that went unused. Sia says she didn’t know her vocals were on the song until a fan tweeted at her, “You’re singing on the next David Guetta album?”

She was furious. “I had worked so hard to be this cool, credible artist,” she says. “And then finally, I’ve retired to just work behind the scenes, and then I’m on, like, a cheesy pop house song.” In the end, though, it was hard to stay mad. The song went double-platinum and paid for the house in Echo Park.

Several hits later, Sia usually gets 50 percent of the publishing profits for any song she writes, a deal known in the industry as an “urban split.” (As opposed to a “pop split,” where profits are split equally among the songwriters and all the producers.) A producer once asked why she deserved that kind of deal. “Because I don’t think I should have to pay for the fact that you need two people to do your job,” Sia said.

The producer replied, “But it takes you, like, 20 minutes to write and sing the song. Then I have to go away and spend two or three weeks producing it.”

“Yeah,” Sia said, “but it took me 15 years to take 20 minutes.”

Actually, she wrote “Diamonds,” Rihanna’s Number One hit, in 14 minutes. She was given a temporary instrumental track and started chanting along — singing nonsense words — and out of her mouth came the phrase “Like diamonds in the sky. . . .”

“It doesn’t feel like I’m doing it, it feels like it’s happening to me. It’s really fucking weird!” she says. In part, she has learned to trust her instincts, learned to relax the critical part of her brain long enough to channel a melody from . . . somewhere.

“I’ve never seen anyone write a melody and lyrics that fast,” says Greg Kurstin, producer for Adele and Paul McCartney, and Sia’s frequent collaborator. “She’ll sing it and write it and it happens in one motion, and then she’s revising. And then it’s one take. You’ve got to keep up with her, really.”

Sometimes, she’ll write to a backing track. Other times, she’ll just conjure up the melody, starting from the beginning and working toward the chorus. Then a producer will start working on the chords as Sia writes the lyrics, starting with the hook, which is usually a single concept from which the whole song will be hung, a metaphor or specific image: diamonds, titanium, a double rainbow. Later, she’ll shift into a less instinctual, more logical mode, filling out the rest of the song with lyrics that buttress the central concept, milking the metaphor for all it’s worth.

“I used to overanalyze my lyrics,” she says. “I really wanted to be cool.” Her pop songs, meanwhile, are almost dashed off. She says she realized at a certain point that people didn’t listen to lyrics, and as far as the hook goes, they want something empowering — “victim to victory,” she has called it. Or they wanted “fun jams.” “Usually, I’m writing from a character’s point of view,” she says. “Sometimes I’ll write one that I relate to. Those are the ones I don’t give away.”

The success of “Titanium” made Sia one of the most in-demand songwriters in the business. But she needed to put out one last album to get out of an old publishing deal. Sia said she’d do it, on the condition that she would have artistic control and do no promotion — no touring, no press, no media appearances. Sia didn’t expect much from the plan: “I thought I’d shit that album out and it wouldn’t do anything. And that I would be behind the scenes from now on.”

Sia and dancer Maddie Ziegler perform at Barclays Center on October 25, 2016 in New York City.

And perhaps it would have gone that way, were it not for the “Chandelier” video. Co-directed by Sia, it was the first of many times she would work with choreographer Ryan Heffington and Maddie Ziegler, whom Sia first spotted on Dance Moms (Sia is a reality-TV obsessive). The video featured Ziegler, then 11, in a blond bob wig, dancing in an abandoned building, a mad, broken-doll smile on her face. It was inscrutable, like the wig, allowing the audience to project its own meaning. It was also a sensation,
becoming the 29th-most-watched music video ever on YouTube. “I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Sia says. “There’s no rise without the ‘Chandelier’ video,” adds Daniel. “We would’ve stopped. She was fine with not making records and just writing songs.”

Ziegler has become Sia’s recurring avatar, donning a Sia wig in videos and in live performances, and the pair have become close. “She’s like my second mom,” Ziegler says — though, she adds, “I feel like we’re the same age sometimes. Even though we’re years apart, she has qualities of a 15-year-old.”

By 2015, Sia’s profile had risen so sharply that she was invited to perform on SNL an unprecedented three times in one year, including an episode hosted by Donald Trump. After the show, she says, she was walking back to her dressing room when she heard her name. She turned to find the pudgy bronze face of our future president.

“We’ve got to get a photo!” Trump said. Lurking behind him was Ivanka, camera in hand. Sia froze. A self-described co-dependent, Sia lives in fear of hurting people’s feelings. On the other hand, she could imagine the outrage over a photo of her and Trump, arms around each other, plastering the Internet. And so she managed to meekly reply, “Actually, do you mind if we don’t? I have a lot of queer and Mexican fans, and I don’t want them to think that I support your views.”

After a beat, he said, “Oh, no problem. Then don’t.” He didn’t seem angry or hurt in the slightest.

“It was as if he viewed me as protecting my brand,” says Sia. “He respected that.

“I was like, ‘Thank you so much,’ ” she recalls, “and then I went into my dressing room and had crazy diarrhea.”

A gentle rain falls onto Delfino Studios, a production lot tucked away in the foothills of L.A.’s Sylmar neighborhood. Sia is reshooting various bits and bobs for her film, Music, like a cutaway shot of a ceiling fan that they’ll do 11 different times. The crew members have decided that the ceiling fan’s ceiling doesn’t look weathered enough and did a few touch-ups with a paintbrush; now, they are literally sitting around watching paint dry. For an efficiency enthusiast like Sia, it’s maddening. “My main goal in life is to save time,” she says. “So this . . . it’s extremely confronting. It’s challenged me to be much more patient than I really am.”

At first, the film wasn’t going to be a musical. “Then I realized they’d give me loads more money if I made it a musical” — roughly $10 million more, she says, since the studio could make its money back on the soundtrack. Daniel wants to make sure it has a hit. That’s the biggest scene they’re shooting today — essentially a music video for a song Sia wrote a few weeks ago (it took her “maybe about an hour”) that will likely be the film’s ending. “Together” is a cheerful song that matches her personality much more than, say, “Chandelier.” The bridge goes, “I want love, I want to give it/I want love, please deliver it.”

The “Together” scene, to be shot in one take, features the principal characters and a half-dozen kids decked out in brightly painted jumpsuits dancing around a circle of chairs, arranged like a 12-step meeting (choreographed by Heffington, of course). It’s a long, complicated shot, a whirl of color, hugs and smiles, and if it is the ending of the film, it will be an exceedingly happy one. Sia watches the take breathlessly; it concludes with the camera panning up toward the ceiling. “Amazing,” Sia whispers. Then she shouts, “Amazing!”

Months later, the film is nearly finished. “I think it might be good,” she tells me over the phone. “It’s not exceptional yet. . . . I’m a little bit ashamed I couldn’t make it exceptional. That was my dream, to make the first movie an exceptional work. But what are you gonna do? I’m only human.”

Sia is still struggling with a handful of physical ailments — thyroid problems, neck and back pain, migraines, fatigue. She has a projector pointed at her bedroom ceiling, so she can lie in bed with her dogs and watch TV while resting her neck. I worry her work is taking its toll again. But Sia isn’t ready to stop. “I’ve set up a model where I can age,” she says. “You know, the wig never gets old.”

AUSSIE Sia has become a familiar face – well, voice – in the pop world thanks to megahits such as Chandelier, Titanium and Cheap Thrills.

But did you know she appeared on Top of the Pops in 2000, or that she used to be a backing singer for Jamiroquai? Here’s all you need to know about the creative genius.

5 Aussie Sia is responsible for some of the biggest hits of the past five yearsCredit: Getty Images

Who is Sia? What’s her background?

Singer-songwriter Sia Furler – known professionally as simply Sia – was born into a musical family in Adelaide on 18 December, 1975.

She started a career in a local acid jazz band and released an unheralded solo album, before moving to London in 1997.

In the UK she performed as a backing vocalist for Jamiroquai, and provided lead vocals for ‘chillout’ band Zero 7, achieving notoriety with tracks such as Destiny, Distractions and Somersault.

Her first UK single, Taken for Granted, was built on a sample of Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Montagues and Capulets’ (later used in The Apprentice).

It reached No.10 on the singles chart and saw Sia perform on the BBC’s Top of the Pops.

The subsequent, self-penned album, called Healing Is Difficult (2001), fused retro jazz, soul and pop, with deeply personal lyrics inspired by the death of her partner in a car accident.

The more downtempo follow-up, Colour the Small One (2004), featured the single Breathe Me which was used in the very last scene of the HBO’s Six Feet Under, gaining her a cult following overnight.

But, with commercial success eluding her, Sia relocated to the United States in 2005, where she has lived and worked ever since.

5 Mainstream success eluded Sia until she moved to the United StatesCredit: Getty Images

What are Sia’s best-known songs?

Sia’s first global megahit was Titanium, a 2011 release from producer David Guetta which featured her demo vocals.

The track went top 10 around the world and led to her writing for numerous other artists (see below).

A year later, Wild Ones, a collaboration with Flo Rida, became the tenth best-selling song of 2012 globally.

In March 2014 Sia released her huge solo single, Chandelier. In the US alone it sold 2m copies in less than a year, supported by a hugely popular video featuring child dancer Maddie Ziegler.

Her hit album 1000 Forms of Fear featured the anthem alongside Elastic Heart (featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Big Girls Cry.

The follow-up, This Is Acting, consists of songs which she’d originally written with other singers in mind, and includes Alive (co-written with Adele) and yet another global smash, Cheap Thrills.

5 Sia toured and appeared in videos for years before opting to wear a face-covering wig in publicCredit: Redferns

Which other artists has Sia written songs for?

Sia’s knack for penning megahits means the 41-year-old is now heavily in-demand as a songwriter for other artists.

Over the past five or so years she’s had her songs recorded by, among others, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Carly Rae Jepsen, Celine Dion, Cheryl, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Maroon 5, Rita Ora and Shakira.

But her biggest hit as a songwriter to date is Diamonds – recorded, of course, by Rihanna – which sold over 7.5 million copies in just eight months in 2012/13.

In an interview with the New York Times, Sia claimed that it took her just 14 minutes to write the lyrics.

5 Sia wore a wig and a comedy nose when filming Sesame Street – but exposed most of her faceCredit: Sesame Street / YouTube

Why does Sia cover her face with a wig?

Around the release of her fifth album, We Are Born, Sia began to get uncomfortable with her growing fame.

The Aussie – who has suffered with drug addiction, alcoholism, depression and bipolar disorder – considered retiring from performing and touring.

Since the release of Chandelier in 2014, Sia has worn a wig during live performances, TVs appearances and in videos to maintain “a modicum of privacy” – a look which has now become something of a trademark.

However, many images of her face exist on the Internet, and in March she was snapped without her wig at LA airport.

During filming for legendary kids’ show Sesame Street, Sia wore a wig and a comedy nose but exposed most of her face.

5 Sia toured the US with dancers in 2016 but no UK dates are currently plannedCredit: Getty Images

Is Sia married?

Sia married documentary filmmaker Erik Anders Lang in California in August 2014.

However, the couple announced their separation in December 2016.

She is openly bi-sexual and previously spent several years in a relationship with American musician JD Samson.

Is Sia touring the UK soon?

Sia is set to play stadiums in her native Australia, as well as New Zealand, for the very first time at the end of the year.

But there are no other dates scheduled on her ‘Nostalgic For The Present’ tour.

She last played in the UK at the V Festival in Essex and Staffordshire in August 2016.

When did Sia release a naked photo of herself?

Sia was subject to an embarrassing nude photo leak, so decided to beat them to it.

On Tuesday November 7, she Tweeted a photo of herself naked and standing on a balcony.

Her Tweet reads: “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans.

Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!”

Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas! pic.twitter.com/aeQlnTwLuy

— sia (@Sia) November 7, 2017

It is believed the photographer who was selling the naked photos to the highest bidder had taken them from a distance without the singer’s permission.

Sia – Chandelier

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Here’s why Sia hides her face with wigs and bows

Sia attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Presley Ann Slack/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

  • Sia is known for concealing her face underneath cropped wigs and elaborate headgear.
  • The pop star began hiding her face after her breakthrough as a solo artist in 2011.
  • “I don’t wear this if there aren’t cameras around. I only wear this to maintain a modicum of privacy,” Sia explained in 2016.
  • She has also been open about the negative effects of fame on her mental health.

Sia may be a household name or perhaps even a musical genius, but very few fans know what she looks like underneath her signature wig.

On Sunday, the 43-year-old singer made a rare appearance without her headgear at the Daily Front Row Awards in Los Angeles.

Sia spoke onstage at the 2019 Daily Front Row Fashion Awards. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Most often, Sia steps out wearing a cropped wig that covers the majority of her face — leaving her mouth free to speak and sing — occasionally with an accessory perched on top, like a hat or whopping white bow.

She began hiding her face after her breakthrough as a solo artist

By 2010, Sia (born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler) had already released five studio albums. She decided to stop performing and pivot to songwriting, eventually penning hits for a slew of artists — including Beyoncé, Kylie Minogue, Flo Rida, and Rihanna.

Sia performing at Outside Lands Music Festival in 2011. Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images

But Sia’s fame reached a new level in 2011, thanks to her featured vocals on David Guetta’s smash hit “Titanium.”

In fact, Sia actually wrote the song for another female vocalist, but Alicia Keys turned it down. Guetta then used Sia’s demo vocals on the final version and released the song without asking.

“I never even knew it was gonna happen, and I was really upset. Because I had just retired, I was trying to be a pop songwriter, not an artist,” Sia told NPR in 2014.

Shortly after, Sia became known for hiding her face.

Sia — pictured here on June 17, 2014 — began concealing her face and posing for photos backwards. Rob Kim/Getty Images

She told NPR that she came up with the concept of the signature wig around late 2012 or early 2013.

In 2014, while promoting her sixth studio album, “1000 Forms of Fear,” Sia enlisted the teenage dancer Maddie Ziegler to star in her music videos and perform alongside her onstage as a kind of young alter-ego.

Read more: Sia responds to criticism over working with a 15-year-old dancer who represents her in public

Sia performing alongside Maddie Ziegler during the opening night of her “Nostalgic for the Present” tour in 2016. Mat Hayward/Getty Images

‘I don’t want to be famous, or recognizable’

Sia has explained that she wears wigs to defend herself against the dark side of fame. She even wrote an op-ed for Billboard about her decision in 2013.

“If anyone besides famous people knew what it was like to be a famous person, they would never want to be famous,” Sia wrote for Billboard. “Imagine the stereotypical highly opinionated, completely uninformed mother-in-law character and apply it to every teenager with a computer in the entire world. Then add in all bored people, as well as people whose job it is to report on celebrities. Then, picture that creature, that force, criticizing you for an hour straight once a day, every day, day after day.”

She also told Chris Connelly on “Nightline” in 2014 that she doesn’t want to be “famous or recognizable.”

“I don’t want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the internet,” she said, “I’ve been writing pop songs for pop stars now for a couple of years and I’ve become friends with them and see what their life is like and that’s not something I want.”

‘I don’t wear this if there aren’t cameras around’

Although Sia has made a point to conceal her face when she steps out as a performer — as when she sings onstage, walks a red carpet, or makes an appearance on a late-night talk show — she has been known to forgo elaborate headgear at low-key events.

Sia was photographed with Jason Bateman at Netflix’s “Ozark” event on August 14, 2018. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Netflix

Sia is open about her desire for privacy, and the negative affects that fame has had on her mental health; she struggled with drug and alcohol addiction early in her career, and has been diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. She says she even considered suicide in 2010.

“I don’t wear this if there aren’t cameras around. I only wear this to maintain a modicum of privacy,” Sia explained to James Corden during a 2016 “Carpool Karaoke” segment.

“I was a singer for like 10 or 11 years to mediocre success, and I was an alcoholic and a drug addict,” she continued. “I sobered up and decided I didn’t want to be an artist anymore, because I was starting to become a little bit famous, and it was destabilizing in some way.

“So I thought, ‘What doesn’t exist in pop music at the moment?’ And it was mystery. I was like there’s pictures on Instagram of everyone at the dentist.”

A popular US fitness blogger says she’s received death threats for leaving too many comments on high-profile Instagram accounts.
Sia Cooper is a personal trainer and fitness guide creator whose Instagram page, Diary of a Fit Mommy, has amassed more than one million followers.
Last week, Cooper shared a series of screenshots of comments from fellow users, criticising her level of interaction with other pages on the social media app.

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I’m not perfect, but I’m proud of how far I’ve come. Celebrate your journey all along the way-not just at the finish line. We may regress in life, but we also grow and learn. Give yourself permission to be flawed, to be a human being. And let go of anything that does not serve you. 💜 Outfit: @onzie #onziegear

A post shared by SIA | FITNESS WORKOUTS RECIPES (@diaryofafitmommyofficial) on May 8, 2018 at 8:46am PDT

“I’m honestly so sick of seeing your comments everywhere. Stop the attention seeking,” one reads.
“Get off of Instagram and take care of your goddamn children,” another user writes.
The mother of two says she’s been receiving messages like this daily.

“I get called fat, ugly, annoying, stupid, and a bad mum because I comment and interact with my favourite pages to follow,” she writes in her caption.
“I’ve even had comments from people saying to ‘KYS’ which stands for ‘kill yourself’ and messages saying they were going to kill my children.”

RELATED: Instagram star slams people shaming stay-at-home mums
While we’ve all left comments on Instagram posts, Cooper’s are drawing attention because they’ve begun appearing en masse in people’s feeds – even when they don’t follow her account.
This is due to a recent change in Instagram’s algorithm, whereby the app pulls out two comments left on photos to ‘highlight’ or ‘stick’ underneath them when they appear in feeds.

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Instagram appears to favour comments from verified accounts that have large followings, and has taken a particular liking to Diary of a Fit Mommy.
As a result, people who follow Kim Kardashian, for instance, are now seeing Cooper’s comments under Kim’s photos in their feeds – with the benefit of more visibility for her own page.
Cooper acknowledges she uses the comment “sticking” system to her advantage, but says she’s always interacted regularly with other pages she likes.

“First of all, Instagram (social media) is my full time job. It’s how I connect with clients and gain new followers,” she writes in her caption.

An example of how Cooper’s comments are being highlighted under posts from prominent Instagrammers. (Instagram)
“The person whom you should really be upset with is this new Instagram algorithm. They choose to highlight my comments, but this is how I always commented.”

“Stop getting so triggered and simply scroll past my comments if you see them.”

Speaking to Vogue earlier this year, Cooper said Instagram’s algorithm change and the exposure it’s given her page has seen her gain 80,000 new followers in a matter of months.

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I wish I could have taken the flowers from Epcot home with me! We are leaving Disney world today and I’m excited to get back home and get back on the fitness grind. I hope you all enjoyed coming on vacation with me and following along in my stories! Until the next vacay… 😘

A post shared by SIA | FITNESS WORKOUTS RECIPES (@diaryofafitmommyofficial) on May 2, 2018 at 7:09am PDT

“I choose to comment on the highest followed accounts because this means my comment is more likely to be seen by many more users,” she explained frankly.
“It also helps me meet new people and then they come to my page and potentially become followers.
“People are getting angry about it, but I’m doing what’s best for my business and page.”

Chrissy Teigen Calls Out DiaryofaFitMommy on Twitter — Why She Deleted Her Post

Chrissy Teigen is pulling back after calling out fit mom Sia Cooper for her social media presence.

Cooper, a personal trainer regularly leaves comments on the Instagram pages of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Nicki Minaj and more for fun — and because it brings more people to her own Instagram page, @diaryofafitmommyofficial. And thanks to Instagram’s algorithm, Cooper’s comments are often the first ones people see while scrolling through their feeds, because Cooper is a verified user with over 1 million followers.

In a since-deleted post by the popular Instagram account @commentsbycelebs, Teigen retweeted a person criticizing Cooper for regularly commenting on her A-list friends’ posts.

“There is a certain ‘influencer’ who comments on literally every photo I happen to see on Instagram,” wrote the Twitter user. “At this point, it’s not really that they love the content. It’s a transparent attempt to get more followers. And it’s ANNOYING!!!”

Teigen replied to the tweet, writing, “EVERY PHOTO.”

The Instagram account then tagged Cooper in the post.

Image zoom Chrissy Teigen/Twitter

Hours later, the post was removed, along with Teigen’s tweet.

When asked why she deleted her tweet, Teigen, 32, said she didn’t want to bring negative attention to Cooper.

“People figured it out I didn’t want people bullying her,” she wrote.

Image zoom Chrissy Teigen/Twitter

Teigen’s comments come less than a week after Cooper took to Instagram to fight back against haters, saying she was being bullied online.

“I get bullied and harassed on a daily basis because I choose to comment on Instagram,” she wrote on Instagram. “I get called fat, ugly, annoying, stupid and a bad mom because I comment and interact with my favorite pages to follow. The hate that I get is so insane and hypocritical because they do the exact same.”

But the personal trainer said that just because her approach to getting more followers is controversial, doesn’t mean she plans to stop.

“Instagram (social media) is my full-time job. It’s how I connect with clients and gain new followers,” she wrote. “The person whom you should really be upset with is this new Instagram algorithm. They choose to highlight my comments, but this is how I always commented. Nothing new here folks,” she said. “I make $500,000 a year and I am able to support my family of 4 so I’m happy to be here. Even when haters are trying their best to faze me.”

Fit Mommy Blogger Sia Responds To Trolls Shaming Her Bikini Pics — What She Said

She allegedly makes $500,000 from her fitness blog!

Instagram and fitness mogul Sia Cooper responded to recent mom-shaming amid backlash from her bikini photo on Instagram. Some of the comments on the photo were very harsh and highly critical of Cooper’s self-portrayal on her Instagram since she’s a mom of two. Cooper showed off her incredible body and looks freaking amazing. Considering she is also a fitness instructor, what did people really expect — because we honestly respect her more, especially after having two kids!

One comment reads: “To show your gains you don’t have to show your behind like that,” wrote one person in a comment saved by Cooper. “You are a mother, think about what your children see…Unfollowed.” Cooper responded with a lengthy written Instagram post defending herself. In part, it reads: “Since when were moms supposed to hide their bodies?” she wrote. “Since when were mothers no longer allowed to feel sexy? How do you think babies even got here in the first place?”

Cooper shared with Insider most of the comments were positive but she couldn’t help but notice the negative ones. “I wondered, would I have gotten the same comment had I not been a mother?” she said. “Society seems to expect moms to act and look a certain way and I think it’s bullshit. So I clapped back with my post to support and to remind all moms that they do not have to dress like a nun just because they birthed a baby.” She continued, “Motherhood is tough as it is,” Cooper told Insider. “It is even tougher when society is screaming at you to be what they want you to be.”

Who is Sia Cooper? Read on to find out more about her.

1. She has her own fitness blog

In Sia’s blog, Diary of a Fit Mommy, she offers helpful content with advice on dieting, training guides and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. An excerpt from her blog reads: “I started my blog as a way to help keep me accountable and share with others what has worked and what hasn’t. I also used my blog to help keep me accountable throughout my first pregnancy in which I worked out until labor began and gained 30lbs throughout.”

Her blog and social media platforms are vastly successful with over 1 million Instagram followers and 4,000 twitter followers. As if that wasn’t enough, Cooper even shared that she brings home $500,000 a year from her fitness blog.

2. She got married and divorced by the time she was 20

In a lengthy Instagram post, Cooper shared that she married young and that it led to the downfall of both her mental and physical health but later writes that there are lessons to be learned from everything. The post reads, “By the time you’re 20, you will marry someone who emotionally abuses you because you weren’t taught your own worthiness and how you should be treated. You’ll eventually divorce this man and hit a new level of low.”

A post shared by SIA | FITNESS WORKOUTS RECIPES (@diaryofafitmommyofficial) on Nov 6, 2019 at 11:03am PST

3. She struggled with weight gain

Cooper shared in a very personal Instagram post that she struggled with her fair share of dark times, causing her weight to fluctuate up and down. She wrote, “You’ll attend nursing school and learn to eat your emotions which leads you to your first actual time of being overweight. However, you’ll quickly lose the weight within a year dropping down to a mere 100lbs and wanting more. You won’t have any balance because you’ve never been taught how to do so. Your life has always been extreme one way or the other.” She later writes, “But Sia, it gets better.”

4. Chrissy Teigen slammed Cooper for driving traffic to her profile by commenting on other celebrities

Cooper has quite the amount of controversy around her status as an “influencer” and many have even called her out on it, including Chrissy Teigen. In a tweet, Teigen wrote: “There is a certain ‘influencer’ who goes on the posts of other celebrities to comment for the sake of driving traffic to their channel.” However, according to Celebrity Insider, a few hours later, Teigen removed the post and later admitted she didn’t want to throw Sia under the bus.

A post shared by SIA | FITNESS WORKOUTS RECIPES (@diaryofafitmommyofficial) on Oct 22, 2019 at 9:39am PDT

5. She shared earlier this year that she is getting divorced

In her recent YouTube video titled “Divorce: Why We Split,” Cooper shared that she had been pretty open about the separation between her and her husband, but announced the divorce in September. In the video, she shared that their relationship changed drastically after they had kids and Cooper admitted her attraction towards her husband diminished and she felt that the two were merely just friends or roommates. She also shared that she and her husband were fighting frequently and that this decision was for the best. They will split custody of their children 50/50.

6. She got her breast implants removed after they were causing complications

In her blog, Diary of a Fitness Mommy, Cooper shared the physical toll her breast implants had on her health. For years, she explained that she noticed symptoms of diminished energy but could not figure out the culprit after several doctors’ visits. Cooper wrote, “Physically, I was at the point where my body wouldn’t allow me to lift weights or run anymore because my joints and muscles hurt. I was stuck in bed for most of my day, sleeping yet never feeling fully rested.” She shared that most doctors’ tests came out normal except one that came back as pre-menopausal when she was just 29 years old. “I found out that my breast implants could be the issue as silicone is linked to many autoimmune disorders since they’re endocrine/hormone disrupters. I found other women who were suffering, and we all had the same symptoms in common in an online Facebook group.”

Elizabeth Ward is a writing student finishing her bachelor’s at the University of Louisville. She covers news, entertainment, relationships and everything in between.

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