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!