Xscape Singer LaTocha Scott Became a Vegan Because of Bullying

In the 1990s, the singers of Xscape established themselves as some of the hottest voices in music. Kandi Burruss, Tiny Harris, LaTocha Scott, and Tamika Scott each brought something different to the platinum-selling group, while they’ve all faced varying levels of scrutiny throughout their careers.

Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, and Tameka "Tiny" Harris
Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, and Tameka “Tiny” Harris of Xscape attend 2019 Black Music Honors – Arrivals at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Prince Williams/Wireimage

Xscape was one of the ’90s’ biggest R&B groups

Xscape was one of many R&B girl groups to emerge in the early 1990s, such as SWV and En Vogue. They were discovered and first promote by Jermaine Dupri, who signed him to his So So Def record label.

They released their debut album Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha in 1993. It was certified platinum and sold over 1 million copies in the first year and included the top 10 singles “Just Kickin’ It” and “Understanding.” Their second and third albums reached even higher heights, with many of the singles making a splash on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

LaTocha Scott
LaTocha Scott attends 2019 Black Music Honors – Arrivals at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Prince Williams/Wireimage

LaTocha Scott was ridiculed for her weight

As the eldest member of the group, LaTocha Scott was often regarded as the de facto lead singer of the group. As a result, she was often under a microscope and many were quick to criticize her size.

Scott opened up about her weight criticism and being considered “the big girl” in a 2020 interview with Claudia Jordan.

“It’s hurtful. Very hurtful,” she said honestly. “I came home a lot of nights crying. And that’s another reason my husband and I are as close as we are — because he gave me that shoulder and he gave me the real.”

“Every day we set goals,” she continued. “So he was very instrumental in me getting to LaTocha but it was very hurtful early on.”

Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, and LaTocha Scott
Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and LaTocha Scott of Xscape perform in concert during So So Def 25th Cultural Curren$y Tour at State Farm Arena on October 21, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

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LaTocha Scott had to convince Tiny Harris about vegan food

Today, Scott is a proud vegan and often cooks vegan food for friends who come to her house. “Any time my husband would invite someone over, I would just make the vegan dishes and they would have no idea. And then when they found out it was vegan, they were like, ‘Oh my God, Tocha, you got something,’” she recalled.

She then revealed that she had to work hard to convince one of her Xscape groupmates that vegan food can taste good. “The hardest person for me to win over was Tiny,” she said. “This girl is so freaking picky. She said, ‘I don’t believe you. Come over to the house and let me see what you got.’”