Jennifer Hudson recently hit the headlines for coming down to size 6 from a size 16. Now, the singer-actress has ventured into her own weight loss center in her native Chicago.
The Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson Center opened Tuesday. Hudson, who pulled down 80 pounds after delivery of her son in August 2009, is a spokeswoman for the center.
I never thought I would make it to have my own center. I'm so honored to be here and see this day, said Hudson.
A part of the center's profit will be contributed to a children's charity called the Julian D. King Gift Foundation that Hudson set up in memory of her nephew, who died in October 2008.
Hudson recently said in a statement that she did not even know that she was overweight until she entered Hollywood.
I didn't even know I was considered plus-sized until I came to Hollywood. I thought I was the perfect size! [One day] an interviewer asked, 'How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?' I looked around, like, 'Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I'm plus-sized?' In the neighborhood I'm from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out, news agencies reported her as saying.
Hudson rose to fame as an American Idol finalist and later won a Grammy for her self-titled album and an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls. Her album I Remember Me, was released this year.
The Jennifer Hudson Center has its walls covered with posters of Hudson post weight-loss. It is located on the South Side in Chicago, not far from President Barack Obama's home, reports the Chicago Tribune.