Kelly Rowland Interviews Jennifer Hudson For Michigan Avenue Magazine [Photo]
Jennifer Hudson looks fabulous on the cover of Michigan Avenue;s December 2012/January 2013 issue. In an interview with Kelly Rowland, Jennifer talks about her son David jr., her new clothing line for QVC, and her big transformation with Weight Watchers. Read more below!
KR: You’ve inspired so many women with your transformation through Weight Watchers. What has kept you motivated?
JH: Well first of all, I had no idea so many people were watching. I thought I could do this all by myself and nobody was paying attention. So I didn’t have the pressures on me. I also played tricks on myself, like, Hmm, let’s look at myself like a piece of art and sculpt myself the way I want to be. And I knew if each day I did something, it just made that much more of a difference. As long as I was doing something, I was changing every day. And change is progress.
KR: Let’s talk about your son, David Jr. What’s the most difficult part about being a mother, and what is your greatest joy in your relationship with your son?
JH: My greatest joy—let me answer that first. Oh goodness, it’s so overwhelmingly beautiful. He’s got so much personality, I could go on and on about this little boy. He is amazing! I still look at him every day, like, This is my son—wow! I’ve learned that you can never understand how much your parents love you until you become a parent yourself. Because that’s when you see how that love works and how deep it is.
KR: What’s the greatest thing you want him to learn from you?
JH: I’ve always said the greatest thing my mother ever gave her children was bringing us up in church and giving us to Christ—that is the best thing I can possibly give him. And family—we are huge family people. That’s what brought us back to Chicago, because we wanted him to grow up around family. And just to be a great person and to know that anything is possible. Whatever you put your mind to, you can do it. So anytime he says “Mommy, I can’t do this!” No, it’s nothing you can’t do. I want him to know that he can do whatever he puts his mind to.
KR: You have a new role as a clothing designer now for QVC. What are some of your inspirations behind the line?
JH: I’ve always had a love for clothes in the same way I love music and I love pictures. So my fans were a part of the inspiration because they’d see me in red carpet pieces but be like, Man, I would love to have that, but I can’t afford it. I just wanted to re-create some of my things and make it more affordable for them. It’s also for every girl. I made sure that everything from a size 16 would look just as good as a size 6.
KR: What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received from home?
JH: My momma had a lot of sayings, and I find myself saying them. My favorite is, “Jenny, if you’ve seen it all, just keep on living.” And one of my producers used to say, “It’s not about how good you are, but how good you are to work with.” And that has stuck with me forever. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have because that’ll be the first thing to get you fired. But if you’re pleasant to work with and be around, that’ll get you far. I love that one, too.