"Taking a break from filming season two of "Smash," Jennifer Hudson garnered herself some added exposure by covering the December 2012 issue of REDBOOK magazine.
The 31-year-old singer tuned actress looked stunning in a gorgeous sparkly dress for the Ruven Afandor shot front page while opening up about everything from her new clothing line to how she gets through the holidays without loved ones.
Highlights from Miss Hudson's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to REDBOOK!
On how she feels after shedding the pounds:
"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 wanted to design her own 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 honors her late nephew during the holidays:
"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."