Jennifer Hudson literally became a star before all of our eyes during the past decade. Not letting her loss on the third season of American Idol detour her dreams of stardom, Hudson bounced back from her exit from the reality singing competition with a role in Dreamgirls that solidified her rise as a voice and an actress to be reckoned with.
Since that time, we’ve seen the Chicago native land big screen roles in Sex & the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Black Nativity, make her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple, and churn out Grammy nominated album after album. And we watched her do all of this while overcoming personal family tragedy, giving birth to a son, and maintaining an amazing weight loss of 80 pounds since 2011.
J Hud has proven time and time again, there’s nothing she can’t do. And judging from her style, we’d say there’s also very little she can’t wear. On her 36th birthday today, we take a look back at the fabulously fashionable way Jennifer Hudson has maintained her stellar figure.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Actress Jennifer Hudson attends the press junket for NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” at NBC Universal Lot on November 16, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 06: Actress Jennifer Hudson attends the premiere of “Sandy Wexler” at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on April 6, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 17: Jennifer Hudson visits SiriusXM at SiriusXM Studios on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 21: Jennifer Hudson attends the Tiffany & Co. 2017 Blue Book Collection Gala at ST. Ann’s Warehouse on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: David Otunga Jr. and Jennifer Hudson attend the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been retouched) Jennifer Hudson of “The Voice” poses for a photo during NBCUniversal Upfront Events – Season 2017 Portraits Session at Ritz Carlton Hotel on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 06: Jennifer Hudson attends the Glamour Women of The Year awards 2017 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 09: Jennifer Hudson attends NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’ FYC event on June 09, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 11: Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival – “Sing” premiere held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)