'People assume my home belongs to my white driver': Jennifer Hudson candidly discusses her experiences with race and prejudice as she stuns in a powerful shoot
And Jennifer Hudson proved the music mogul wrong yet again, as she cut a powerful figure for a stunning shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine - where she proved fearless in talking about her experiences with prejudice and race.
The Oscar-winning star, 36, confessed that despite 'defying all the odds by being African-American, living in a wealthy neighbourhood and being a working mum', her success is still 'foreign to people' and has led to a number of cases of 'ignorance.'
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Candid: Jennifer Hudson, 36, cut a powerful figure for a stunning shoot for Cosmopolitan - where she proved fearless in talking about her experiences with prejudice and race
Look luxe in a studded faux leather skirt by Boohoo
Jennifer Hudson is not letting her recent split from her longtime fiance David Otunga get her down. She struck a powerful pose on the cover of Cosmopolitan UK's latest issue where her accompanying photo spread featured look by the likes of Zara, Christian Siriano and The Blonds.
Here she wears a Michael Stars t-shirt topped with a jacket by Elie Tahari and a Boohoo faux leather skirt. The British based brand is known for their affordable pieces so we were all too excited to see Jennifer rocking this ensemble.
The pencil skirt is universally flattering and the studded panels are bang on trend. We'll be wearing ours with a white button down blouse and pointy toe pumps for a look that seamlessly transitions from the boardroom to the bar.
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Jennifer proved she had truly perfected her magic for the camera, as she stunned for the magazine shoot.
Showcasing her sartorial flair, the Dreamgirls star worked her angles in the likes of a plunging vest top, studded leather skirt and blazer.
And while she oozed body confidence for the shoot, Jennifer also demonstrated little hesitation as she candidly spoke of the experiences she faces with prejudice to this very day.
Jennifer told the fashion bible: 'There have been several situations where I get on a plane and (the air steward) assumes that I’m (meant to be) in the back of the plane.
Past experiences: The star confessed that despite 'defying all the odds by being African-American, living in a wealthy neighbourhood and being a working mum' - her success is still 'foreign to people' and led to a number of cases of 'ignorance'
'No, my seat is in first class thank you!' Jennifer demonstrated little hesitation as she candidly spoke of the experiences she faces with prejudice to this very day
'That happens a lot. I’m like "No, my seat is up there [in first class], thank you."'
The Voice star, who is a judge on both the UK and US versions, relayed further examples of prejudgement over her race.
'People also assume that my home belongs to my white driver, Charles. One time, I was having something moved into my house and they wanted to know where to put it.
'I said, "There." [The removal man] just stood there. When Charles came in, he asked him, "So where would you like these things?"
'Charles said, "She said she wanted it right there. You’re talking to the wrong person,"' she continued.
'People assume that my home belongs to my white driver': The Voice star, who is a judge on both the UK and US versions, relayed further examples of prejudgement over her race
Clearly still baffled, Jennifer proclaimed: 'Stuff like this happens in your own home! I defy all the odds being African American, living in a wealthy neighbourhood and being a working mom.
'It’s too many foreign things in one person! It’s so ignorant. Race is just one of them. I face them all,' she revealed.
Jennifer also waded into the Harvey Weinstein scandal which prompted an internet-wide #metoo hashtag.
The disgraced movie mogul has been accused of sexually harassing more than 80 women during a 30-year period.
'Glad that women are taking a stand for themselves': Jennifer also waded into the Harvey Weinstein scandal which prompted an internet-wide #metoo hashtag
Disgraced: The movie producer has been accused of sexually harassing more than 80 women during a 30-year period
And speaking of the courage of the women, Jennifer revealed: 'I hate that these things have happened, but I’m glad that women are taking a stand for themselves.
'They should have the right to be able to do that. And no one’s power should be able to take over someone else’s. That’s not cool.'
And while Jennifer came from humble beginnings, she admitted that her life completely changed the day she won a coveted Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Effie White in 2006's Dreamgirls.
'I had never even watched the Oscars, never mind been to the Oscars,' Jennifer confessed before continuing: 'All I wanted to do on set was get my lines right and keep the people who hired me satisfied. My life was flipped upside down.'
'I had never watched the Oscars': Jennifer admitted that her life changed the day she won a coveted Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Effie White in 2006's Dreamgirls
'I don’t care if I sing for the Pope or the local church': Jennifer also relayed how grateful she was for her career
Over: Meanwhile, Jennifer has been locked in a bitter custody battle for their eight-year-old son David Jr with her estranged husband, David Otunga, since November
'I went from being driven in my momma’s car to being flown around the world in private jets. I had just dreamed of being a singer and suddenly I was an actress nominated for an Academy Award. Then to actually win the Oscar… what?'
As one of the hardest working women in showbusiness, Jennifer admitted: ' I am a businesswoman. In this industry you need to have just as much business sense as talent to be able to exist.
'Not everyone gets that. Fortunately, I do. I’m so grateful for that, along with having the talent to be able to do it…”
Jennifer also relayed how grateful she was for her career, as she admitted: 'I don’t care if I sing for the Pope or the local church, everything is just as precious.
Don't miss it: Read the full interview in the February issue of Cosmopolitan – on sale Wednesday
Meanwhile, Jennifer has been locked in a bitter custody battle for their eight-year-old son David Jr with her estranged husband, David Otunga, since November. In late November, he accused her of dropping the protective order she against him because she didn't want to testify under oath.
A source told TMZ that would make the Dreamgirls star uncomfortable because the altercation that she claimed took place really never happened.
In court documents she said she feared for the 'physical and emotional safety and that of my son.'
David has been granted temporary primary custody of the couple's son because Jennifer travels so much for work.
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