The January issue of Lucky Magazine will feature one of my favorite actress and recording stars–Jennifer Hudson. I’ve followed her from American Idol to Dreamgirls to Weight Watchers and am so happy for her success. Read on for more…

In the issue (on newsstands December 11th), Jennifer talks about her shopping habit and how she maintains her weight loss.

I love that even though she’s a mega-star, she still seems so down-to-earth. Maybe it’s the fact that she’s from Chicago and keeps it real.  Some excerpts from the interview:

On her favorite shopping destinations: “I leave the red-carpet stuff to the stylists,” she says. “For everyday, my two favorites are Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. And Nasty Gal! I love that place! Every time I go there, I want everything new that they have. All Saints, too, I love. Then there’s Michael Kors, Givenchy, Rick Owens—I like things that are dramatic in a subtle way. “When Jennifer has free time, I am shopping! I go through every rack because I might’ve missed a piece! Where I live I can walk right out onto Michigan Avenue and shop—walk, not drive—I’ve got to walk! Plus, you forget about eating when you’re shopping.”

On the crucial element in maintaining her weight loss: Exercise, she says, is critical. She started with walking, which evolved into running. “Going jogging makes me feel powerful and free—like Rocky! In winter I do the treadmill, the Stairmaster, I like challenging things. I always say to myself: ‘Just give me 10 minutes.’ If I do those 10 minutes—the next thing you know, it’s 20 minutes—I trick myself!”

You can read the Cover Story interview on the and also see photos of her new fashion line for QVC. She’s definitely an inspiration!

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