Jennifer Hudson is covering the December 2012 issue of RedBook magazine. On the cover, Jennifer is wearing a white textured 3/4 sleeve flare dress paired with silver slingback sandals, straight flowing locks and red lips completed her gorgeous look.
In the issue Jennifer talks about her weight loss, clothing line, resisting food on holidays and closure after her family's tragedy. Continue below to read excerpts from her interview and images from her feature. For more details go to RedBook.com or pick up a copy when the issue hits newsstand on November 13th.
On how she felt after her weight loss:
"I'm getting used to my new self more than anything else. I got used to being plus-sized and knowing how to be that, whereas this is like, 'Okay, who am I?' I keep thinking that I probably need an extra-large or a large and the stylist is like, 'No, you need a medium or a small.'"
On why she decided to start a clothing line:
"I know what I like, and that's what it's all about. It's like, who's your fashion icon? Me. And no one but you knows what you feel most comfortable in. I look at each piece and think, 'Could I wear that as big Jennifer or could I wear that now?' I want to consider every girl."
On how she resists food on holidays:
"My biggest thing is banana pudding, but it's the devil! So no one is allowed to bring it into my house. Because I can't control myself. So why put it in my domain?"
On how she honors her late nephew:
"The Julian D. King Toy Drive and Christmas dinner is for kids who are doing well in school — just progressing, they don't necessarily have to have all A's or B's — and we grant whatever their Christmas wish is. With everything that happened with our family, it's hard to get through the holidays. So I was wondering, 'How can we turn a negative around make it a positive thing?' And so we came up with giving back."
On closure after the trial for her family's murder:
"I mean, you can never fully get complete closure — whatever that means. Is there ever really a point of closure? Do I feel healed? No." (Hudson's former brother-in-law was recently found guilty of the 2008 murders of her mother, brother and seven-year-old.