Mary J. Blige Covers ‘Shape’ Magazine, Says Whitney Houston’s Death Inspired Her To Get Fit

Mike Wass | November 19, 2013 11:57 am

Wait. When did Mary J. Blige inherit the body of an Olympic sprinter? Seriously, you could grate cheese on those abs! The 42-year-old R&B icon shows off her incredible physique on the cover of this month’s Shape magazine in a tiny, white bikini.

The seasonal singer credits her amazing physical transformation to Whitney Houston. She was so devastated by her friend’s death that she reassessed her own life. “Whitney Houston’s death really crushed me,” Mary J. explains. “I saw someone so incredibly talented just diminish, and I refuse to go out like that.”

Who has the best abs in R&B — Mary J. Blige or Kelly Rowland? You be the judge in the comments below.