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Jennifer Hudson: Dreams Do Come True...If Anyone’s Proof Of That, It’s Me!

In a recent photoshoot and interview with the Daily Mail, Jennifer Hudson opens up about her life as a successful recording artist, how her weight loss has inspired others, and how she kept pushing on after the death of her mother, brother and nephew.  See the highlights inside....

 

In a new interview published by the Daily Mail in the UK, Jennifer Hudson talks about a number of subjects close to her heart including David Jr., weight, discrimination in the industry and family.

 

On if the industry discriminates againt plus-sized women:

 ‘No, because I was doing OK before,’ Jennifer says. ‘But the truth is, so many more opportunities open up when you’re on the other side, as I am now. I’d no idea what I was missing out on. It’s like a whole other world. Suddenly every designer wants to dress you. It’s like, “You look amazing! Please, choose a dress. Have a bag. And what about shoes?” I mean, wow!’ 

On being successful:

‘To be able to sing at this level is a blessing in itself, and I got publicity for what I was doing before I dieted. But never to this extent. Now, whenever I open a magazine, I seem to see myself there. And I get to dress up every day and have someone take photos of it all. For someone who loves fashion, it’s like living the dream. Of course there are those mornings when I think, “Please don’t look at me right now!” But you just have to pull yourself together, get out there and do your job. I mean, how lucky am I to be in this position?’

On being a mother:

‘When it’s mommy time at home, the supermodel me – black Barbie, as I call her – is definitely not in the house. I don’t want to be all glammed-up in big hair and full make-up. I need to relax, to breathe and to concentrate on my son.’

On the tragic shooting death of her mother, brother and nephew:

‘You have no choice but to keep going,’ she says quietly. ‘What else are you going to do? It’s called life and you’ve got to be prepared to deal with whatever it brings your way.’

On moving pass disappointment:

‘“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you from getting where you want to be.” Those were the lessons that I took from American Idol,’ says Jennifer. ‘“OK, from now on I refuse to let anyone interrupt the vision I have for myself.” Sometimes I think we hurt ourselves by being too aware of the challenges. It can be better not to know. With Dreamgirls, I had absolutely no idea what I was letting myself in for until I was out there on the set.’

On David Jr.:

‘He’s very much his own person, a little performer who loves to sing and dance,’ she says. ‘He’s so charming, too. Yes, I’m biased, but I’ve never seen a child with such presence. He says “hi” or “bye bye” to everyone when he comes in or out of a room, and goes round blowing kisses to everyone. My phone is completely backed up from videoing everything he does, because he surprises me constantly. ‘When I found out I was pregnant and went for the scan, he was so very little. To have that memory fresh in my mind and yet to now have this boy with me, dancing and laughing…’
 

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I love Jennifer

I love Jennifer
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I love Jennifer

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I love Jennifer

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Jennifer Hudson is so

Jennifer Hudson is so inspirational! I really love her new video for “No One Gonna Love You” http://vevo.ly/iqu75v
Jerri's picture

ok already. we get it

ok already. we get it jennifer ur feeling urself cuz u lost weight. lets keep it moving america
boosie.luv's picture

she looks good now. but her

she looks good now. but her wigs be killin me
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That lace front wig has to

That lace front wig has to go!
Anonymous's picture

is she ever gonna marry david

is she ever gonna marry david sr? whats up with that forever long engagement? but good for her. i dont like her voice but congrats anyway. black sistas doin the dayum thang
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I dont like her

I dont like her lacefront...but guess what I'm sure she doesn't care!!
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Jennifer is a beautful girl

Jennifer is a beautful girl inside and out however; her music SUCKS! Plain and frigging simple. She needs to fire her music team and get with some other producers so she can get a bang out hit. How in the hell does Ashanti who can't sing for shyt get hit after hit after hit and here's a girl with such a beautiful voice and I don't have and don't want any of her music on my playlist. Good luck and god bless her.
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"Once upon a time R&B was

"Once upon a time R&B was soul music. And Black women singers had the game on lock down...i.e. Angela Bofill, Chaka Khan, The Jones Girls, The Pointer Sisters (circa the 70s, not the necessarily the 80s), Anita Baker, Lynn Collins (who worked with James Brown) and Syreeta (who worked with Stevie Wonder). The songs covered the entire spectrum of human emotions with a touch of Black woman style. Now it's all pain and woe and anger. No one wants to either look too weak or if so it's about mewing in victimization. Also who changes the times? Do you wait to make a move or do you go on and do something different and hope the crowds, the accolades and the money follow?" by: July 8, 2011 | Chele Belle
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I don't get it, here is a

I don't get it, here is a beautiful and talented sister doing her thing and some are busy bashing her. Whatever happens to encouragement. Everybody cannot be Beyonce or Rhihana!! So please..
Panko's picture

umm you mean everybody CANNOT

umm you mean everybody CANNOT be BEYONCE!!! take Rihanna out of it,she has no talent whatsoever psssh, and any1 can do what she does, becuz she does NOTHING!!! thank you!!!
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LIKE JILL SCOTT SAID HATE ON

LIKE JILL SCOTT SAID HATE ON HATERS!!!! SO WHAT IF THEY PHOTOSHOPPED HER PICS. THEY DO THAT WITH ALL PHOTOS.
Anonymous's picture

I think she's a very positive

I think she's a very positive sister and I don't understand why some are so critical of her.
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classy lady!

classy lady!
Anonymous's picture

IT'S ASHAME FAMILY MEMBERS

IT'S ASHAME FAMILY MEMBERS HAD TO DIE FOR HER TO GET THE FAME.SHE CAN NOT BE TO HAPPY WITH HER SELF.
Anonymous's picture

It is a shame her family

It is a shame her family died, but why can't she be happy with herself? she had nothing to do with it she simply "LIVED ON". Yourstatement is stupid!
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oh shut up!

oh shut up!
Anonymous's picture

LOOKING GOOD JEN!

LOOKING GOOD JEN!
sharonda's picture

I don't care what all the

I don't care what all the Negative Nancy's on here have to say, this this woman is the proverbial "Phoenix that has risen from the ashes." This unknown started on AI, went on to play in "Dreamgirls," experienced a tragedy that seems humanly impossible to withstand, lost weight, had a child, and is still standing. Why don't we celebrate instead of annihilate? We put down every black person (especially black women) who have made tremendous strides (Oprah, Jennifer, etc) and praise those who have done less. Well, I won't be apart of it. Jennifer is an inspiration, and she looks FANTASTIC!!!
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Amen, and that's why it's a

Amen, and that's why it's a man's world. We women constantlty fail to support each other.
Anonymous's picture

Thank you. Thank you! THANK

Thank you. Thank you! THANK YOU!! If Jennifer went off the deep end and ruined her career, people would say "she just let herself go". Some people just have to say SOMETHING.
Anonymous's picture

Amen, Amen and Amen!!!

Amen, Amen and Amen!!! That's our problem as a race and it always has been...that crab barrel mentality that we black people have. Why can't we just support and uplift each other? What has Jennifer Hudson done to deserve all this hate? Huh? This girl is TALENTED! She'd proven it time and time again with both an Emmy and Grammy's. She overcame a family tragedy that most people would NEVER be able to come back from, she's lost weight and gotten healthier. She puts a POSITIVE image of black women out there and yet people still hate on her. Well guess what? She will continue to thrive! Why, because all ya'll haters will inspire her to be even better!
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Lord the critics are all on

Lord the critics are all on DECK this summer. Where's my 'B*tch Be Gone' - I mean, Baygon spray -when I need it?!! LISTEN UP! You with your flabby "bakers' arms" that also need to tone! You who inherited your granny's titties at the age of 20! You with those dimples on your ass instead of on your face! You with that creamy cottage cheese (i.e. cellulite) on your thighs! You with that "zebra print pattern" for stretch marks! You with those varicose veins on your legs! You with your "I-look-5-months-pregnant-but-never-conceived-a-child" stomach! You with your HUMP back! You with no ass AT ALL! You with a your Big Bird meets Snuffy shape! You with your nappy, no-edges-having, funky-wig-wearing BALD ASS HEAD! You, YOU, and YOUR MAMA, TOO! You do NOT possess the right, neither the distinction, to criticize Jennifer Hudson's body - to label her as ugly, to showcase her imperfections, or to discredit who she is as a HUMAN BEING! If you are lacking in the self-confidence department, you need to seek PROFESSIONAL counsel. This is a REAL woman, with a REAL body, who has battled REAL weight issues and has WORKED HER ASS OFF to accomplish all that she has. You wanna tear somebody down? START WITH THAT PERSON STARING BACK AT YOU IN THE MIRROR!
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*claps* This should be posted

*claps* This should be posted as a disclaimer for everyone before they click POST COMMENT. People be coming WAY outta pocket when their shyt ain't together either.
Ashley1's picture

Ha! Now let the church say

Ha! Now let the church say Amen!
Sweet2DaCore's picture

So glad you said this. These

So glad you said this. These people on here are horrible.
Anonymous's picture

EVERY DESIGNER WANTS TO DRESS

EVERY DESIGNER WANTS TO DRESS HER , I BET SHE PICK THE UGLIEST SHIT CAUSE SHE ALWAYS LOOK A MESS.
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So now J Hud bears the brunt

So now J Hud bears the brunt of criticism/negativity on the ybf instead of Beyonce? You are some sad, miserable bitter black people. I noticed you 'crabs in a barrel' aren't nearly as mean to men that are featured on here as you are to my beautiful Sisters, which lets me know it's definitely some jealousy and envy going on. This is all coming from a black woman!
Anonymous's picture

she is not gorgeous, and she

she is not gorgeous, and she does not move me. She looks out of place, and is so fake. What is the hype about..........she is a nice girl, but not gorgeous, beautiful etc
Anonymous's picture

As the saying goes, "Beauty

As the saying goes, "Beauty is skin-deep." This is a woman who remains poised in the midst of adversity, who has triumphed over much tribulation, and who has epitomizes humility throughout a successful career in Hollywood as both an actress and an artist. It takes little to nothing to be PHYSICALLY beautiful according to today's standards. If you want long hair, you can buy that. If you want a sharper nose, higher cheek bones, voluptuous lips, larger breasts, bigger hips, you can but that. But you cannot buy class, you cannot buy talent, and you most certainly cannot walk in a store and purchase a can of personality. Judging by the nature of your comment, I'm sure you already knew that...................
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Thank You!..Shut her ass

Thank You!..Shut her ass right on down!
Anonymous  's picture

STFU...NOBODY ASKED FOR YOUR

STFU...NOBODY ASKED FOR YOUR ENVIOUS ASS COMMENT!
Anonymous  's picture

This girl is so young to seem

This girl is so young to seem so OLD. I want to like her. But she seem so unfriendly and not nice... plus these shots are kinda STUPID..
Anonymous's picture

Child, have a seat in a

Child, have a seat in a corner somewhere. Class is in session and you do NOT get to speak until recess!
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I would love Clint Eastwood

I would love Clint Eastwood to direct Jenn for A Star is Born. She is so right for the part. Jenn is classy and would be able to nail that performance. She has a voice that can give you goose bumps.
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Beyonce has that role. Sorry.

Beyonce has that role. Sorry.
Anonymous's picture

Jen does'nt look like herelf,

Jen does'nt look like herelf, her complexion, facial features, all look so different. Did'nt even recognize her.
Anonymous's picture

exactly the same thing i was

exactly the same thing i was saying. did everyone forget the photos of her from barbados when her thighs looked like vomit and her arms looked like flap jacks!! and now we are supposed to believe she is perfect, come onnnnnn! but the pics are pretty as well as the dresses!
Anonymous's picture

and the tits were down to her

and the tits were down to her knees sagging
Anonymous's picture

Too much photoshop :)

Too much photoshop :)
cdamification's picture

I must agree! Jennifer Hudson

I must agree! Jennifer Hudson is beautiful both inside and out and does not need excessive editing of her photos.
LostInParadise's picture

I love Jennifer! Just watched

I love Jennifer! Just watched the video for "No One Gonna Love You" and Ms. Hudson nailed it! She looked absolutely lovely...gotta go get her album "I Remember Me" asap!!! :) http://vevo.ly/iqu75v
tgriffin's picture

(One of the best photoshoots

(One of the best photoshoots and interview I have seen from her. The dresses are simply gorge! Yes, she's telling it, nobody can stop you, but yourself. I love this women who made something of herself from nothing and still able to push on after suffering more than so many others have.
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