Iman’s Precious Daughter Was Happy As A Hippo

- By Bossip Staff

"Zulekah Haywood"

Just because a supermodel and an athlete have a baby doesn’t mean the kid’s gonna luck out with the genes. Zulekha Haywood’s parents are Iman and basketball great Spencer Haywood and she still ended up tipping the scales at 330 pounds. She used to let her boo hop in the shower first, just so he wouldn’t see her struggle to get out of bed. Pop the hood to find out if this tale has a happy ending

Zulekha Haywood struggled with obesity for most of her young life but when diet advice from her parents like Iman’s “Basta” diet (enough, in Italian) and dad’s “Eat Like A Pig, Run Like A Horse,” couldn’t help her shed the pounds, at 28 she decided to get gastric bypass. Haywood shared her story in the latest issue of Glamour Magazine, peep an interesting excerpt below:

When Eric used to spend the night, I’d tell him to shower while I made the bed and put on coffee. “The hot water’s tricky sometimes,” I’d assure him, flashing him a smile.

But the plumbing in my building was fine. The truth: At 330 pounds, I had developed heel spurs and swollen knees that made it excruciatingly painful to stand up after lying down for eight hours, so getting out of bed was always an orchestrated event. I’d send any man who slept over off to shower, and once the coast was clear, I’d swing my legs out and put my feet on the ground gingerly, allowing the blood to return to my feet and legs. After a minute, I could stand. After another minute, I was comfortable enough to start walking.

Determined to get healthy before age 30 Zulekha had gastric bypass surgery, but the most surprising result wasn’t her appearance.

A year later I was 160 pounds and, because of my height, a size 6. A staggering number of people walked up to me asking if I was a model. To my surprise, it really bugged me—it still does… It was one of many postsurgery realizations: Stacked Zu laughed loudly and often, always the plus-size life of the party. Slender Zu, on the other hand—well, that chick can occasionally be prickly.

Dayummmm 330 lbs at 28 years old??? That’s a whole lotta lovin’ right there. The twisted part of the story is that three years later, she’s half her former weight, but annoyed at the unwanted attention — even going so far as to say the extra weight weeded out the losers who approach her now. She also claims she was less of a beyatch when she was one of the big girls. Sounds like she can’t win for losing.

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  • Soul Man

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  • Hannibal

    GOOD FOR HER, MAYBE GABBY “PRECIOUS” CAN USE THIS AS INSPIRATION AND GET HER FAT AZZ IN THE GYM!

  • aleximaq

    She is soooo pretty!

  • drenk

    you know if that supermodel and athlete dont have a proper diet and exercise, they too will balloon up to 300+

    @ Hannibal

    if being offered a weight loss sponsorship didnt inspire her, i doubt this would. i think if some vietnamese villagers mistook her for a water buffalo and tried to put plow on her she might get the hint

  • Gimmeabreak78

    She has beautiful legs.

  • Matix B

    She is soo pretty.

  • Hannibal

    @DRENK

    WATER BUFFALO, LMAO!

  • real black is chocolate

    she’s smart! she’s do same real dark-skinned black kids before she’s will marries on ugly white female looking pig!

    but she’s still sellout and disgusting to me!

  • Mock Rock Star

    drenk
    4/14/10, 13:32:pm

    you know if that supermodel and athlete dont have a proper diet and exercise, they too will balloon up to 300+

    @ Hannibal

    if being offered a weight loss sponsorship didnt inspire her, i doubt this would. i think if some vietnamese villagers mistook her for a water buffalo and tried to put plow on her she might get the hint
    _____________________________________________

    Now Drenk…that was mean

  • Mrs. Rance

    Well one thing’s for sure. Iman made some pretty girls.

  • Somali Ninga

    Somalis are bless with slender bodies! Zulekja is half-Somali so maybe she got it from her dad’s side of the family😆 ! She’s a beauty girl btw!

  • I like hittin men AND women in the back

    Imma need ya’ll to STOP with the name calling…a pig? a hippo?, how old are you peeps?

  • Somali Ninga

    I meant to say that maybe she got the fat gene from her dad’s side of the family.

  • Magc

    Get rid of those stretch marks too while you’re at it. She was thiiiis close to Jerry Spring breaking down her walls to get her out of the house.

    Lol@
    “I’d send any man who slept over off to shower”

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983. 2 Days. Bossip is like a bad accident...I cannot look away!!!

    If that is her in the black dress she looks great! Go Girl

    Just learn how to deal with what comes with it.

  • drenk

    @ Mock Rock Star

    0:)

  • Gina

    This is from the most recent Glamour. She didn’t workout; she had surgery.

  • Coola

    Who ever said two in-shape and/or good looking people only produce in-shape, good looking kids?

    Have you seen Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s kids? Damn ugly.

    Anyway, the girl’s not ugly. She’s just fat and not as pretty as her mom. Like Christy brinkely’s kid with Billy Joel

  • GG

    “I’d send any man who slept over off to shower, and once the coast was clear, I’d swing my legs out and put my feet on the ground gingerly, allowing the blood to return to my feet and legs”

    Sounds like she got a little freak up in her… LOL~~

  • http://bossip Keep it Real

    Just another racist lie to keep black people down. We know you can be 330lbs and healthy. Actually, the source article is a good read.

  • RedboneKillBill

    Dead @ the title of this post.

  • I Said It, That Settles It!

    Hmmmm, ok….

    So she wasn’t embarrased to have a man stay overnight and have relations…..BUT, she didn’t want him to see her struggle to get out of bed.

  • drenk

    Keep it Real
    4/14/10, 14:39:pm

    Just another racist lie to keep black people down. We know you can be 330lbs and healthy. Actually, the source article is a good read.
    ———————————

    aside from Shaq, how can you be 330lbs and healthy?

  • Somali Ninga

    @ Sun
    Congratz on your weight loss!!

  • http://bossip Keep it Real

    @drenk

    Keep it Real
    Just another racist lie to keep black people down. We know you can be 330lbs and healthy. Actually, the source article is a good read.
    ———————————
    aside from Shaq, how can you be 330lbs and healthy?
    ******************
    Hell if I know. Ask some of these delusional women on here who will swear up and down that obese women look good and are healty.

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