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03/11/2016 12:50 pm ET

Oprah Opens Up About Her Weight Loss In New Issue Of O Magazine

For the first time ever, Oprah shares the cover with O readers.
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  • "It's harder than it looks, isn't it?" said Oprah as she posed with the women featured in "Lighter as We Go" at this month's
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    "It's harder than it looks, isn't it?" said Oprah as she posed with the women featured in "Lighter as We Go" at this month's shoot in New York City. None of our subjects had any idea they'd be meeting Oprah, much less appearing with her on the cover; they thought they were simply being featured in a weight loss story. At the big reveal, there was laughter and tears—followed by makeup touch-ups. "I was elated and overjoyed when I saw Oprah walk in," said Shaniqua Garvin. "Knowing I'm going to be on the cover with her motivates me that much more to focus on my goals. It felt like I got a big hug from a higher power." The day ended with Champagne, strawberries (dipped in just a little chocolate) and a toast from Oprah praising her fellow models: "This cover is groundbreaking!"
  • Huddle Up
    Oprah gets into position with Jenny and Michelle. Learn more about the cover subjects' stories and weight loss goals <a href=
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    Oprah gets into position with Jenny and Michelle. Learn more about the cover subjects' stories and weight loss goals here.
  • The Start Treatment
    Our glam squad works their magic on Michelle Trotter.
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    Our glam squad works their magic on Michelle Trotter.
  • Getting Gorgeous
    Sabrina Havens sits in the makeup chair preparing for her cover model moment.
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    Sabrina Havens sits in the makeup chair preparing for her cover model moment.
  • In That Cover Shoot Mood
    Oprah's excited and ready to go.
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    Oprah's excited and ready to go.
  • A Toast to Each Other
    "This cover is groundbreaking!" Oprah cheers.
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    "This cover is groundbreaking!" Oprah cheers.
  • Wrapping It Up
    There's no better way to end a day than Champagne and strawberries.
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    There's no better way to end a day than Champagne and strawberries.
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