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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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