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Hudson's new figure her trophy

Jennifer Hudson has declared "I'm prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar".

The former American Idol contestant - who won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls - has lost 80 pounds since the birth of her son David in 2009. She told Self magazine she didn't even feel she needed to lose weight until she entered the spotlight.

Jennifer said: "I didn't even know I was considered plus-sized until I came to Hollywood. I thought I was the perfect size!"

The singer, who is now a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and has signed up to write a memoir about her rise to fame, was a size 16 when she entered American Idol in 2004.

She said: "I remember one of my first times on a red carpet, 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 neighbourhood I'm from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out."

Jennifer, who has been engaged to David Otunga since September 2008, also revealed she did not get her new figure simply by sticking to the Weight Watchers point programme.

She said: "Four days after my caesarean section, I began walking 30 minutes every day. It was my therapy, my moment to myself, and it was all I could do. I figured, me walking is better than me sitting on the couch.

"Even if I can't climb a mountain or do 100,000 push-ups, these steps matter, and they're leading somewhere."

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