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Jennifer Hudson Reflects on the Past: ‘I Never Thought I Was Overweight’

Lately, news and gossip outlets alike have been clamoring about the svelte physique of actress-singer Jennifer Hudson. But according to the award-winning artist, she didn’t think she was overweight. She recently shared her thoughts on that and a host of other topics during an interview with Grazia magazine. Here are some of the highlights.

On Hollywood Discriminating Against Her in the Past …

“Last week I saw some footage of myself as I was five years ago and I was surprised. It was like I recognized myself but I didn’t. It seemed another world away. But in this slim world I do now realize I was being discriminated against. I’m offered more parts. There is much more excitement about me now.”

On Thinking Her Fuller Figure Was Normal …

“I never thought I was overweight. I thought my old look was pretty normal. That was how all the girls looked growing up in Chicago. I didn’t have any problem with it. It makes me smile to think back to myself when I did Dreamgirls with Beyoncé. I did see all these women in Hollywood, all very slim, and I thought, ‘Wow, these ladies are very into themselves.’ I loved that I stood out in a room. You knew when you saw this woman it was Jennifer Hudson.”

On the Benefits of Fitting Into Hollywood …

“There have been times when it’s a huge high, like when I walked the red carpet at the Oscars and people were screaming at me. Then I also had dinner with Beyoncé and Alicia Keys and they just kept going on and on about how great I looked.”

Thin or not, Hudson continues to be an example of how anything is possible with faith and perseverance.


  1. Butterface81 on April 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    That’s a beautiful picture. Go, Jen!

  2. bjs on April 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Jennifer Hudson looks absolutely amazing! She is an incredible singer AND actress and deserves much continued success. I am a huge fan and so happy that she is healthy and looking so fabulous. Now her idea that “she never thought she was over-weight” is one of the biggest problems adding to the vast obesity problem in the African-American community. The mentality that being over-weight/fat is “ok” by blacks is hurting us as a people (and this is coming from a black woman). Losing weight and being a healthy size is not just a pursuit for a “better image” or “vanity”, it’s about being HEALTHY. Let’s get it together people. I’m happy for Jennifer and hopefully her weight loss will set an example for other black women.

  3. dlm on April 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Jennifer, you have always been beautiful. The important thing is that you are happy! Too many people trying to control and dictate other’s appearance. Don’t let any of them make you feel less about yourself.