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Mandisa talks about inner beauty

A thoroughly stunning Mandisa said she thinks her current album, “What if We Were Real,” is her most honest to date

Photo: Melissa Ruggieri

Photo: Melissa Ruggieri

because the messages “aren’t all positive and roses.”

The one-time “American Idol” hopeful — she came in ninth during the show’s fifth season — said the songs are a little edgier than what fans might have expected from her, but that she had to be true to her feelings.

“When we take our masks off and let the Lord see our hearts, he does amazing things,” she said.

Now nearly 120 pounds lighter from her “Idol” days, the singer said, when asked what her message to women would be, that she didn’t lose the weight “because I felt I had to listen to the Simon Cowells of the worlds, but I wanted my body to be a temple.”

Mandisa said being on “Idol” taught her to ignore outside sources concerned only with the superficial and “not give in to the magazine covers and music videos that tell me I’m not beautiful.”

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