Jennifer Hudson Transforms Into Music Icon Aretha Franklin

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The trailer for the upcoming American biographical drama film based on the life of singer Aretha Franklin debuted during the 2020 BET Awards.

Jennifer Hudson stars in the leading role as singer Aretha Franklin in American biographical drama film RespectJennifer Hudson stars in the leading role as singer Aretha Franklin in American biographical drama film Respect

Jennifer Hudson transforms into the Queen of Soul for the movie titled “Respect” that is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 25, 2020. She co-stars with Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, and Mary J. Blige.

Jennifer Hudson filming the final scene for her movie Respect, playing Aretha Franklin, in lower ManhattanJennifer Hudson filming the final scene for her movie Respect, playing Aretha Franklin, in lower Manhattan and then getting a gift from director Liesl Tommy after the film wrapped on February 15, 2020

After filming wrapped in February, she shared a message on Instagram about making the movie.

“To overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can’t express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream !” Hudson wrote. “It was my honor, to honor the Queen’s request! The one and only Queen of Soul #ArethaFranklin #respectMovie.”

Jennifer Hudson transforms into Aretha Franklin in RespectJennifer Hudson transforms into Aretha Franklin in Respect

The film follows Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom. The iconic American singer herself was involved with the development up until her death on August 16, 2018.

In March 2011, Jennifer Hudson was looking extra saucy. The award-winning singer/actress donned the best body-con dresses to highlight her sexy new frame.

Jennifer Hudson flaunts her sexy cleavageJennifer Hudson flaunts her sexy cleavage

Of course, who wouldn’t want to flaunt such a svelte figure? These pictures were taken during the launch of her new album in New York City. Honestly, I had no idea she had lost so much (and I mean, so much!) weight until I saw these shots.

Jennifer Hudson rocked a really tight-fitting Herve Leger dressJennifer Hudson rocked a really tight-fitting Herve Leger dress

The dress is by Herve Leger, and we all know how tight and unforgiving those bandage dresses can be. But she rocked it real well; no sign of being uncomfortable inside a really tight-fitting dress. Good for her!

Jennifer Hudson flaunts her sexy legs at her album release party in New York CityJennifer Hudson flaunts her sexy legs at her album release party in New York City on March 21, 2011

Herve Leger dresses are expensive, but if you like the body-con and banded look and you’re armed with a bundle of cash for spending away, feel free to shop for any of these Herve Leger dresses at Shopbop:

Sexy Herve Leger dressesHerve Leger Rubber V Neck Dress, $2400 / Herve Leger Geometric Jacquard Dress, $1950

If you want to save, however, here’s a brand I recommend you check out – Pleasure Doing Business. Aside from banded skirts, PDB also offers banded dresses (thank goodness!). Try this zebra-printed sweetheart dress:

Pleasure Doing Business Sweetheart Dress in ZebraPleasure Doing Business Sweetheart Dress in Zebra, $330

Credit: L. Gallo / WENN / Instar

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