Jennifer Hudson is keeping her accomplishments in perspective and reshaping her body outranks her top award!

Jennifer, who recently revealed that she’s slimmed down to a size 0, told Self magazine, “I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!”

J.Hud said she became more conscious of her body during her 2004 run on “American Idol” when the then-size-16 singer was referred to as “plus-sized” during an interview. For Jen, that was a whole new experience in itself.

“I didn’t even know I was considered plus-sized until I came to Hollywood,” she shared. “I thought I was the perfect size!” The Chicago diva recalls that the moment she was made aware that she was different was a little bit of culture shock.

“An interviewer asked, ‘How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?’ I looked around, like, ‘Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized?’ Jen shared before explaining that her frame was closer to the norm in her hometown. “In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”

The Weight Watchers spokeswoman said that it wasn’t until after she had her son, David Jr., that she considered whittling down her waistline. And she claims that she didn’t drop 80 pounds to fit in the mainstream’s notion of beauty, she did it to be healthier.

Jen worked hard to earn her new frame, and she’s credited much of her transformation to Weight Watchers. So last week, when a fan on Twitter asked her if she’d had any weight loss surgery, Jen went off. It’s not the first time that Jen’s had to check someone online, but as she explained to WGCI, she wasn’t just irked by the question.

“Somewhere along the lines people think they can just talk to celebrities any kind of way. We’re people too and just the same way you want your respect, we want ours,” Jen stated during an interview. And she’s tired of the rumors because she’s been upfront about her regimen from the start.

“That’s another reason why I got frustrated. Because I’m out here trying to put out a positive message,” Jen explained. “I know I’ve done this naturally and I do NOT appreciate you undoing what I’ve done and trying to make it negative. Don’t be mad at me. Anyone can do it. It can be achieved.”

You can get the secret to Jen’s success when you pick up the September issue of Self magazine, which features recipes from her personal food journal.


—Sonya Eskridge