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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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