Remember Duck's Sister in 'Five Heartbeats'? She Looks Great at 40 after Dropping Major Weight

Aby Rivas
Apr 25, 2019
12:28 P.M.
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Tressa Thomas, better known for her childhood role as Robert Townsend’s character little sister in “The Five Heartbeats,” is now a grown woman. She’s still a talented performer and looking better than ever at 40.


Thomas’ career started at age 7 when her vocal talent drove her to travel around the country while making small performances in special events.


At 10, she became an official Brand Ambassador for Adidas Sportswear, and as the youngest spokesmodel in the company’s history, she traveled across Europe for more than 1-year, performing live concerts at numerous U.N. summits, art festivals, sports exhibitions, and international conventions.

Tressa started to make some cameos on film and TV, and in 1991, she landed a role on “The Five Heartbeats,” where she stole the spotlight as Duck’s little sister and even got several publications to mark her scene as the most memorable in the film.


The role gave Tressa the chance to record with R&B legend Patti Labelle & Billy Valentine on the film’s soundtrack.

Other of her film credits include “Flatliners,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Angel Street,” and “Love Hurts.”

Tressa has also provided background and lead vocals for Stevie Wonder, COMMON, Earth, Wind & Fire, Barbara Streisand, Brandy, Eddie Griffin, The Wayans Brothers, Dionne Warwick, and Gladys Knight, among others.


Although her work is mostly focused on the music industry, Thomas also took some modeling gigs as a plus-size model a few years ago. She was featured in several publications such as Plus Model Mag, Ebony, Jet, Venus Divas Mag, Variety Mag, and was a spoke model for E’Lon Cosmetics.


However, now that she has dropped some weight, she looks even younger than a decade ago.

Tressa had a starring role in the musical “Back To Bacharach & David” at the Music Box Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and shined on the stage as a featured vocalist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.


Her most recent performances on stage plays include, “Hairspray,” and “Symphony of The Sea.”

Thomas is also de CEO of a 501(c)3, non-profit performing arts organization, Beacon Of Light Artists Collective (BOLAC). 


Through it,  she lectures young adults and women across the country on positive self-image, confidence, and artistic expression.