The singer says she was proud of her mix-and-match bikini from Target and Old Navy

By Kate Hogan
Updated May 18, 2011 02:30 PM

Courtesy Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks‘s now-infamous bikini shot set tongues wagging when in hit Twitter earlier this month. But the former American Idol says she was just sharing a shot of her cute new swimwear. “I was actually taking the picture because I liked the bathing suit,” she told reporters Saturday at KIIS FM’s Wango Tango concert in L.A. “I mixed and matched it. The top was from Target and the bottoms were from Old Navy, and I was like, ‘Oh, they match!’ So I took the picture.” The new suit — which prevents tan lines, Sparks said — is just one way the singer is flaunting her newly slimmed physique. “In December, something just kind of clicked,” she explained. “Instead of talking about being active I decided to just go do it.” The singer, who lives in Arizona, took up hiking and Zumba, too. “Being able to just stand and dance and not realize I’m burning calories … is just the most amazing thing,” she said. Now happy to show off her waist — “usually a cinched belt works well,” she shared — the singer isn’t shy to reveal her other favorite body parts, too. “I love my smile,” she added. “It took ten years of orthodontics!”