Over the past seven years, we've watched Jennifer Hudson go from "American Idol" hopeful to Oscar winner to mother and beyond. But as we've watched her grow professionally and personally, we've watched her waistline shrink. So in honor of J.Hud's 30th birthday on Sept. 12, let's take a look at her amazing body transformation.
Date: March 10, 2004
Event: "American Idol" Season 3 Top 12 Finalists Party
As a 22-year-old contestant on "American Idol," Jennifer was called "the big girl," and the label seemed to stick with her. "One of my first times on a red carpet, an interviewer asked, 'How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?'" she recently revealed to Self magazine. "I looked around, like, 'Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I'm plus-sized?'"