EBONY magazine released their September issue this week, featuring Academy Award-winning actress and GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Jennifer Hudson in a ravishing red gown inspired by Aretha Franklin’s classic “A Rose is Still a Rose.”

This fashion-focused digital edition includes exclusive interviews, photos, and videos celebrating the release of Hudson’s newest film “RESPECT” and also features the visionary artists and stylists pushing fashion forward today.


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Hudson’s cover photo was shot by EBONY’s Photo Director Keith Major and she was styled by Micah McDonald of the renowned styling duo Wayman+Micah. Hudson’s dynamic hairstyles were the creation of celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright.

“All I can say is that it’s God,” said Hudson in the interview with EBONY magazine. “I can’t say that I necessarily know, but I know when I’m there, especially with this particular project. It really hit close to home. It was led by real emotion that came from a real place.”


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“Within my artistry, I go places that not everyone wants to go, [places] not everyone can handle, so it can be intimidating. It could be scary. And I think, at times, that’s the fear in people.”

“I feel as though I’m telling her story through my own pain. I don’t think I would have been able to do this when we first had a conversation about it. I needed to live. I needed to have my own experiences. Every tear, every emotion—it costs, so I [made sure to handle the role with care].”