Singer Jennifer Hudson is making a splash – and arousing a little controversy – after showing off a new svelte figure.
Hudson has reportedly gone from a size 16 to a size 6, according to the May 21, 2010 People magazine, which featured Hudson on the cover in a form-fitting blue dress. To see the cover click here! (However, other sources say that she went from size 20 to 10.) The 5-foot-9 star has not revealed the number of pounds that she lost, but told the magazine that she’s “in the best shape of her life.”
Hudson attributes her weight loss to Weight Watchers, for which she is now the celebrity spokesperson, and is appearing in television and print ads to promote the company. She has stated that she wanted to lose weight because of her upcoming movie role as Winnie Mandela.
The Academy Award-winning singer/actress signed a deal with Weight Watchers last August, not long after she had her baby, David Daniel Otunga Jr. In addition to following the Weight Watchers plan, she also has a diet counselor and works out with trainer Harley Pasternak.
However, Hudson’s new thinner look is creating controversy as well. Some critics are saying she’s too skinny, has lost too much weight, and may be headed for anorexia. A few gossip blogs are also reporting that she has quarreled with her fiancé David Otunga over her weight loss.
There’s no doubt that this is a radical change for Hudson, who first came to national awareness as a contestant on Season 3 of “American Idol,” where she was known as “the big girl.” Although she was eliminated midway through and judge Simon Cowell criticized her plus-size figure, she was a fan favorite. Hudson told People magazine that she lost more than 60 pounds during “American Idol” due to stress.
Hudson went on to outstanding success following “Idol.” She auditioned for the 2006 film “Dreamgirls” and beat out almost 800 other hopefuls for the role, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She next appeared in the film version of “Sex and the City.”
She has also released a 2008 album, “Jennifer Hudson,” which sold more than a million copies worldwide. Her latest release, a duet with Leona Lewis called “Love is Your Color,” will be heard on the “Sex and the City 2” soundtrack. To listen, click here.
Hudson’s weight has been much commented on in the press during the past few years. She gained more than 20 pounds for her role as Effie in “Dreamgirls,” for which she won the Oscar for best supporting actress in 2007, but lost all that and more for the premiere of the film. She has reportedly lost and gained several times since then.
Weight Watchers introduced Hudson as its latest celebrity spokesperson in April 2010. Hudson notes that Weight Watchers has been responsible for helping her learn portion control and foods that will keep her satisfied. She also has intensified her exercise routine and meets weekly with a diet coach.
Other celebrities who have promoted Weight Watchers include Jenny McCarthy, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, and Lynn Redgrave. Weight Watchers spends about $90 million a year on advertising campaigns.
The current TV commercials are meant to show that she is a “regular woman who has struggled with her weight, but has found a winning formula that works for her life,” Cheryl Callan, director for marketing at Weight Watchers North America, told the New York Times.