After scoring a Golden Globe, a SAG award, a BAFTA, and almost assuredly, an Oscar for her scene-stealing performance in Dreamgirls, what else is there for Jennifer Hudson to win? Why, a Vogue cover, of course. The American Idol also-ran is not only the fashion glossy’s first full-figured cover gal, but only its third African-American — for Vogue’s power issue, no less. (Interesting that the mag should hit the stands at the same time as Dreamgirls‘ costar Beyoncé’s similarly historic Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. Upstaged again by Hudson!)
So why does J.Hud, who has been rocking the red carpet in Vera Wang and others, look so… awkward? Decked out in a red satiny number, the actress is pictured leaning forward, mouth open, chin out and up, and her cleavage front and center. Given the significance of the shot, you’d think the magazine would have chosen a flattering angle, especially since celeb-shooter extraordinaire Annie Leibovitz was the photog for the gallery, and editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley has been been styling and promoting Hudson all season. (You can see more of the spread here.) All that fashion IQ, and this is the result? Meh.