The one and only Jennifer Hudson is turning 39 years of age today, September 12. To honor her big day, we’re reminiscing on her career from ‘American Idol’ days to date.
The singer has sure come a long way in just a matter of years. Of course, J-Hud got her start on season three of American Idol in 2004, where she finished in seventh place. She has indeed proven that you certainly don’t need to win the show to have a successful career.
Jennifer was just 22 years old when she appeared on American Idol, but she had a voice that was just as big as any superstar. She wowed the judges week after week with her effortless performances.
It was a major shock to viewers when Jennifer was voted off in seventh place. However, rather than letting it discourage her, she channeled her energy into becoming an even bigger star than anyone could’ve ever imagined.
After Idol, Jennifer landed a huge role in the movie Dreamgirls, and it helped catapult her career in a major way. Her acting and singing was acclaimed in the movie, and she earned major award show nominations for her work.
She went on to win an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, and officially became a double threat and Hollywood star. After that, she acted in movies like Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees, and more.
In 2019, she filmed a movie called Respect, where she plays Aretha Franklin. Eventually, she began a career on Broadway by starring in The Color Purple in 2015.
In the midst of her illustrious career, Jennifer also went a physical change. She lost 80 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers back in 2011, and has kept a svelte figure ever since. While she’s no longer an ambassador for WW, Jennifer says she still watches what she eats.
“I just try to pace those meals throughout the day,” she explained in a 2017 interview. “I’m very conscious of what I put in my body.” With that, Jennifer’s style has also evolved in a big way over the years.