Jennifer Hudson’s got a new attitude!
The 32-year-old star served us super-sexy rocker chick in the latest issue of V Magazine, and we must admit we’re loving her new style.
In the feature story, titled “Jennifer Steps Up,” the songstress said she’s not a nun — contrary to what some people think — and she’s ready to reintroduce herself to the world.
“Earlier in my career I was just a soloist singing other people’s songs,” Hudson explained. “Now I really want to be an artist. I want to lift the people up, have fun, create a moment. I have my own visions that I want to bring to life. People think I sit in church all day or stay at home and stare at my Oscar. It’s like I’m a nun or the president or something. I realized that people don’t really know who I am. It just feels like it’s time to take the training wheels off, you know? Let them see me.”
She went on to say her upcoming album, which features collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Babyface, shows off a different side of her personality. “I feel like people don’t get to see the real me, but then they’ll say, ‘I feel like we’re best friends,’ she shared. “It’s so weird to me. It’s like once you know me you’ve been Jenniferized. I want to Jenniferize everyone!”
We were definitely “Jenniferized” when we heard her new track “Whatever Makes You Happy.” In the empowerment anthem, she sings: “We don’t give a sh-t / We don’t EVEN give a sh-t!” (“There will be a clean version for the kids,” she offered.)
When it came to honing her craft, the “American Idol” star told the magazine she had the best teachers in the world — drag queens!
“I used to go to gay clubs when I was a kid. We were 16 or 17 and my best friend would pretend to be my manager. He’d have business cards made up and he’d negotiate for me to sing for $25 a song. I’d have these amazing drag queens style me up and down, honey,” she revealed. “They would be up there lip-synching and then I’d get up and sing for real – some Whitney Houston or some old-school Shirley Murdock – and I would make all the money. That was like my training, basically.”
Check out J-Hud’s edgy photo shoot, by famed photographer Terry Richardson, below. Tell us your thoughts in the comment section!
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Jennifer Hudson strikes a pose.
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Jennifer Hudson shared this photo of her and her son, who she affectionately referred to as “Munch.”
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Jennifer Hudson is interviewed about her role in the upcoming <em>Three Stooges</em> movie.
J.Hud shows off her Weight Watchers physique in a pair of sequined shorts and fishnet stockings.
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Jennifer Hudson channels her inner child and writes in the sand on the beach.
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Jennifer Hudson looks surprised. Maybe the news that she’s now a size 0 is finally hitting her.
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Does Jennifer Hudson’s fiancé, David Otunga, know she is spending time with this dapper dude?
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Jennifer Hudson relaxes at home on the couch. Who knew celebs really did that?!
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Jennifer Hudson shows off her wild side in this animal-print dress.
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Jennifer Hudson posted this photo of herself. The once plus-sized singer is now down to a size 0.
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Justin Bieber and Jennifer Hudson were in Washington, D.C. recently to perform for the holidays in front of President Barack Obama and Michelle. In the caption, J.Hud admitted to having a touch of Bieber fever.
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Jennifer Hudson visited the monument, White House and Capitol during her visit to D.C. … well, sort of.
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Jennifer Hudson feigns surprise in this photo whose caption read: "Thank u Neyo for my hat!"
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Is Jennifer Hudson moonlighting as a model?
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Jennifer Hudson poses with big David and little David.
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Is Jennifer Hudson cheating on her Weight Watchers diet? Not quite. The singer wrote: "Weight Watchers is the greatest thing ever created but…. U gotta share n track a point!"
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Jennifer Hudson shared this cute family photo with her Twitter followers.
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Jennifer Hudson shows off just how much weight she’s lot. That tummy is flat!
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Jennifer Hudson shared this photo of herself in L.A. The singer was in town for the 54th Grammy Awards.
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Jennifer Hudson poses in front of a wall full of Oscars. The caption read: "I have never seen so many!"
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Jennifer Hudson shared a family photo with her fans on Easter Sunday.
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Jennifer Hudson said her 2-year-old likes funny faces.
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Jennifer Hudson and her four-eyed son get candid.
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Jennifer Hudson clutches her pearls … sort of. The caption for this photo read: "I love sitting on benches , people [watching] on a hot summer day!"
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Fans may have to wait for the next Jennifer Hudson film or album. The bride-to-be has been busy planning her wedding.