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Jennifer Hudson Brings Down The House

Jennifer Hudson Brings Down The House

Dreamgirls‘ Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson takes on the Power cover for the March 2007 issue of Vogue. Big news because Jennifer‘s a full-figured black woman and Vogue has featured only two African-Americans on its cover since December 2002 — Halle Berry and model Liya Kebede. (Oprah was on the cover in October 1998.)

Photographs by: Annie Leibovitz. Interview by: editor-at-large André Leon Talley (also Jennifer‘s stylist of late). You can watch a video interview with Talley on Hudson here.

My favorite shot so far is of Jennifer, 25, leaning against the grand piano wearing a Burberry London trench, Escada dress, Hat Attack beret, and Roger Vivier heels. It was photographed at Harlem’s famed Apollo theater.

Jennifer Hudson‘s March 2007 cover of Vogue hits newsstands Feb. 20.

And to make it interesting, here’s a brief rundown of some notable covers in Vogue‘s recent history:

  • March 1966: Donyale Luna (first African American model to appear on the cover of Vogue, not sure if this was the US edition)
  • March 1980: Sheila Johnson (America’s first Black female billionaire)
  • January 1981: Beverly Johnson (first African American model to appear on the cover in the US edition?)
  • April 1994: Brandi Q is featured alongside two white models
  • May 1996: Naomi Campbell is given the inside flap of a special foldout cover
  • July 1997: Kiara Kabukuru (Ugandan supermodel)
  • January 1998: Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) shares the cover with her fellow Spice Girls
  • October 1998: Oprah
  • Novemeber 1999: Iman shares the front cover with three other supermodels in special foldout cover
  • December 2002: Halle Barry
  • May 2005: Liya Kebede (Ethiopian supermodel)

Thanks, iriswills!

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# 1

Loves her. I hope all of this attention doesn’t ruin her. She looks beautiful!

# 2

In yo face Beyonce!

# 3

fabulous. thanks jared.

# 4

Nice photos yes, but the one with her leaning on the piano would look classier if her legs were closed a bit or if she were sitting down…

# 5

JHud is looking good ! I liked the photos =) I agree with K that photo would def look classier if her legs were closed.. but still it’s very good ! Thanks Jared

# 6

Who is that?

No idea why she’s getting her picture taken at all.

# 7

Love Jennifer Hudson, but Anna Wintour did not pick the best pictures; they don’t look too Annie Leibovitz to me.

But why is Cristiano Ronaldo’s name on the cover?? Did I miss something, are European soccer players now in Woman’s US Vogue?

# 8

Sheila Johnson is the first female billionaire (not Oprah) but she was not on the cover of Vogue. That was supermodel Beverly Johnson. Do an image search. She’s beautiful.

# 9

Congrats to her. Agree with IKHO I hope that she remains true to who she is. She doesn’t need to change at all!

You go Jennifer!!!!!!!!!!!!

the only jennifer that has the talent.the other jennifer who just changed her nose wer,eeeewwwwww no talent at all!

It’s a shame that you can literally count on one hand how many times a black female was on the cover solo for Vogue US.

A damn shame.

She is quite a fatty. I like her better than fake Beyonce, but they are both putting on quite a lot of weight. She looks like the EM in Norbit.

Looks like she is losing weight and becoming more hollywood type. She is pretty thought and I thought she was great with the poundage.

sorry but naomi was on the cover of American voge in the late 80′s that was one of her big breaks.

[Fug Face Maniston] @ 02/13/2007 at 11:54 am

Jennifer Who?? American Idol loser Huh…. Wheres Beyonce??

Yeah Jennifer! I guess Beyonce is sitting at home eating one of her House of Dereon sandals!

Nostradamus @ 02/13/2007 at 12:04 pm

Absolutely beautiful cover! She is finally crawling from under the overkill of media blitz of papa Knowles.

Whoever here stylist is is doing an awesome job! There are people who have been in Hollywood eons longer than this young lady and they still look a hot mess!

Absolutely divine girl!

PAULNEWMANMYHERO @ 02/13/2007 at 12:09 pm

Well at least she got the cover before winning the oscars instead of after like Halle.

politically correct @ 02/13/2007 at 12:11 pm

#16 says

Beyonce is sitting on her daddy’s lap smelling the funk up under his arm that’s where she is, while the true talent who made it on her own and didn’t have to use a group of other girl’s to make her famous is on the cover of Vogue!

French says:

I agree with you Frenchy! I would have definitely remembered Sheila Johnson on the cover of Vogue…

JH looks Fabuloso

This girl is a true inspiration to anyone!

“Wow. I have always dreamed but never, ever this big. This goes far beyond anything I could ever have imagined.” – Jennifer Hudson @ 2007 Golden Globes

You work it out Jennifer!!! Great photospread!

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