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From Vibe Vixen: Weight loss is a sensitive issue in the black community. Generally, we embrace curves and think “thicker than a snicker” shapes are to be praised. But when it comes to health, fat around the thighs, hips, breast, butt and belly isn’t exactly ideal.

Jennifer Hudson opens up about her weight loss to Self Magazine, saying she didn’t even realize she was plus-size growing up in her mostly-black community: “I didn’t even know I was considered plus-sized until I came to Hollywood. […] In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”

Now that’s she’s a size 6, she says: “I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!”

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  • Terra Nadir

    Really? More proud of her weight loss than her Oscar? Don’t get me wrong. I am happy about her weight loss but…she won a a freakin Oscar. That’s kind of sad and it speaks volumes about her lack of interest in her craft. Maybe she should give the Oscar back, stop acting and just be a Weight Watchers spokesperson for the rest of her life.

  • Nia

    Weight loss for aesthetics and to fit into the lastest trends is deplorable. However if she did this for her health that is something I can agree with. She does have a family and I’m sure she wants to be around them as long as possible. In the instance of a healthy lifestyle and putting yourself at risk i can understand why shedding the pounds could be more important than an oscar. It really is her decision though and if she is happy with her self that all anyone can ask for.

  • I know what she means. I’m prouder of my weight loss than of my #1 Aunt Award. Sure, the #1 Aunt Award, in the form of a now-stained tshirt, was an honor. But I EARNED that weight loss!

  • Lorvine

    im happy for her on both her accomplishments.

    I noticed that a lot black women’s insecurities have come out since her weight loss and is kind of pathetic, if anything, she should inspire obese women to try to get heathier fo a better them.

    • Keisha

      I totally agree Lorvine- black women have come out the wood works commenting on her weight loss and I am very interested to know what the drive is behind some of the statements I have heard as well read.

    • Bronze

      I just think it hurts when you loose a icon that proves that big girls can be successful.

  • i def understand where jhud is coming from. of course, she would be prouder of her weight loss. an oscar is a wondeful accomplishment applauding her talent as an actress, just one part of her passions/character. but being healthier and having a better self-esteem effects every aspect of her life, not just one part. seeing yourself in a better light, makes you a better wife, mother, friend, etc. it is much more important than a single oscar for a single movie.