Jennifer Hudson Learns an Important Lesson

Posted on November 18, 2011

Hey, girl.

 

Jennifer Hudson attends the Fourth annual Martha Stewart Center for Living in New York City.

We’re happy to see you too, sweetie. Listen, we were all set to give you a “WERQ!” and enter into a long discussion about how your shiny little bib-like peplum is both interesting and flattering at the same time. We were even going to mention how odd it is that you and several other ladies recently have managed to get us to soften our stance on ankle strap shoes and then note that these instances all coincided with the deployment of very thin ankle straps, which, we would hypothesize, is probably the reason for our positive response to said shoes. We would also at some point mention that your diamond bracelet is very pretty. And all of those things are true whether we see fit to mention them or not. But they’d take our bitchy gay card away from us if we shouted “WERQ it, girl!” to a gal who’s in some serious need of dress shields. Sorry, girl. You’re still fierce, though.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Anonymous

    “We’re happy to see you two.” Freudian slip?

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I like to think that it was intentional. Hilarious either way!

  • Sarah Lynnae

    [Cries.] She looks so great aside from that, um, underarm problem! Jennifer, why did you do that to us?!

  • Anonymous

    That shiny peplum is not working for me. It looked like a belt until I really squinted. It doesn’t pep enough or it lums too much. Or something.

  • MilaXX

    I was thinking how nice she looked even with that weird shiny peplum…… then I saw the pit stains.  Sorry Boo.
    Nice try though

  • Anonymous

    I think she knew she forgot the dress shields by the way her elbows are super glued to her sides… didn’t help though.  Too bad because otherwise she would have totally earned a “WERQ!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

    Oh dear…ashy knees are never a good look.

  • Sara__B

    An empire peplum? !! Although Jennifer looks as good as possible in such a ridiculous belt? accessory?, I hope I never see another one.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Maybe it’s really insanely hot there?  Maybe she decided to sneak in a short run after getting dressed?

    Otherwise, instead of dress shields, I’m sure she could find a doctor to Botox that for her — apparently this is also a thing now: they shoot Botox into the armpit gland so it doesn’t sweat anymore…

    • Anonymous

      Whoa. That’s crazy. How can that be good?

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Hollywood has been doing it for a while now. Also Botox in the feet to ensure they won’t hurt for models stomping around in heels.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Okay, if not for my insane and irrational hatred/fear of Botox (seriously, they inject you with BOTULISM TOXIN… so creepy!!!) and needles in general, I might actually consider that one.  I’m constantly dealing with sore feet because I’m vain.

          • Sobaika Mirza

            I’d consider both because I’m teeny and wear heels all the time (my feet hate me) and also in the summer months when I sweat like a dude. Not cute.

            Oh, to live in Hollywoodland…

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            Well, I know you can get the pits done in the Chicagoland area because a friend’s doctor does it. 

            For me, it’s that I can’t afford to have custom-made shoes and my feet are shaped funny — wide width at the ball and narrow width at the heel.  I can have blisters on my ankles from sliding or severe pressure across the front, but never just comfortable.

          • Anonymous

            Shannon, we are one. My feet are medium-to-wide at the ball, narrow at the heel/ankle, with a very high arch. I actually wore corrective shoes as a toddler, custom orders from Buster Brown. :-(

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            Size 9?  ‘Cause we could totally share shoe collections:)

          • Anonymous

            No, size 9.5 for sneakers, size 10 for everything else. Rats. ;-)

          • Anonymous

            Actually, many health insurance plans cover this because excessive sweating is considered a health condition, and Botox is a treatment for it. It’s sort of like breast reductions. You’d think it would be cosmetic – but it’s not, at least not in all cases. There are guidelines, but if you meet them, they may pay.

        • Alisa Rivera

          I would consider this simply because I have very high arches and my feet are rigid, making it really hard for me to find shoes that fit. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I don’t know — I mean, wrinkling doesn’t serve any vital function, but sweating is sort of a survival trait.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

          The type of sweat glands in armpits aren’t even for cooling, though–they seem to serve some mysterious pheromone-related purpose,. Acording to Wikipedia, anyway. Nature’s way of attracting mates (sexy pheromones!) and repelling them (disgusting slob with poor hygiene!) at the same time!

          Since it’s almost Thanksgiving, though, after learning the other location of apocrine sweat glands in the human body, I’ll give thanks that it’s only my armpit glands that are hyperactive.  I’d much rather sweat through my shirts than sweat through my pants.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I agree. I was horrified the first time I heard about it. It just seems wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I’m being crabby because of my no-carb diet, but I don’t find the shiny peplum flattering.  Perhaps if it were made from velvet instead?  To me, the sheen is drawing attention to an area to which most of us don’t want attention drawn.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t find it that flattering either – she is thin enough to pull it off, though – but the shiny fabric bulging out gives the impression of a belly where there is no belly

  • Anonymous

    I think maybe the peplum thing is supposed to look like shirt tails hanging out from under a snug sweater, does that seem right? I like the look (aside from the, um, issue), just trying to work out what the shirt is. She’s lovely and I’m glad you guys are willing to be flexible with your ankle-strap stance.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah!  Like a cropped sweater (note ribbing) over a satin shirt.  I’m a little slow today, but I see it now.  And it doesn’t work.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      To make more sense, the shirt tail hanging out should have been enhanced by another shirt element, such as a little collar or exposed cuffs.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.

  • Anonymous

    GASP! at the sweat stains and DOUBLE GASP! at the bitchiness!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ailsa-Martin/644946901 Ailsa Martin

    I thought she was wearing a pencil skirt, shiny shirt and a cropped jumper. That just me?

    She looks so uncomfortable. The poor thing definitely knows she forgot her dress shields – whatever those are. Like things you stick in your underarms for sweat? Is that a thing?

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      They’ve been a thing for a very long time. I used to sell them when I worked in the notions department in Gimbel’s. That was almost 40 years ago.

      I think they’re sewn into the dress/blouse, but someone correct me if I’m wrong.

      • Anonymous

        That’s the thing, do they still exist? I thought the celebs were all about Botoxing their pits now.

      • Anonymous

        OMG, Gimbels!!! Now THAT brings back memories. Damn, I’m old. Which one?

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          It was the store in Harrisburg, PA.

          I loved Gimbel’s. It was a really nice store. I can’t even remember when they went out of business/got sold/whatever the hell happened to them. I think it’s been at least 20 years.

          • Anonymous

            My dad used to take us shopping there at Christmas to get stuff for each other, our mom, our grandparents, etc. I think there was one in the old King of Prussia Mall (just The Plaza then), but I also remember going to the original store downtown, along with a trip to John Wanamaker. I think Gimbel’s got bought out by another chain sometime in the early-to-mid 1980s. I do miss it. Ditto Strawbridge & Clothier, where I worked during high school and college, and where my mom was an “intimate apparel” saleswoman and fitter for years. :-)

      • Anonymous

        They’re hard to find now.  Although they do make an adhesive-backed version. 

        I feel for Jennifer, and she’s clearly keeping her arms down on purpose. 

        • http://twitter.com/ThingsToShea Jenn Elting

          In the Midwest, try Joann Fabrics.  They have the sew-in kind as well as the disposable ones. Maybe $5.99 for a box of 4 pairs?  Something like that?  BUT… you can use the 40 percent off coupon they have in your weekly Sunday newspaper insert.

          • Anonymous

            Omigod, thank you! We have Joann here in Austin.

      • Anonymous

        oy Ms. Housewife, we’re showing our age!  God, do I remember notions departments…and Gimbel’s (“Does Macy’s tell Gimbel’s?”)  Every department store had them. I even remember one in B. Altman’s.  You could buy zippers and hooks and buttons and thread and and and…

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

          I was just telling a young person the other day about notions departments. And stationery, appliance and toy departments. Those were the days before big box stores.

          When I was in my teens and 20s, I had to wear dress shields under silk. They had two elastic straps that fit around your upper arm and over your shoulder like a bra strap. I’m not sure if I stopped perspiring so badly, if antiperspirants got better or if I just stopped wearing silk, but as I got older, I didn’t need them any more.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            Right! They had straps. I can only imagine what it was like getting dress in the morning if you wore them. I know I would have gotten all those straps – bra, slip (when I still wore one), dress shield – tangled up.

            I didn’t even know what they were until I started selling them.

          • Anonymous

            I remember department stores like that.  We had Woodward and Lothrop – with a restaurant upstairs and a candy counter.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          …and Deerfoam slippers, and garment bags, and padded hangers, and Playtex bras. I always thought it was weird that they were in the Notions department instead of with lingerie.

          I think any and all merchandise that didn’t fit anywhere else ended up in Notions.

    • Anonymous

      Its easier to find them at sewing stores, but in a pinch you can use thinner Kotex pads. They were very well, but safety pins are recommended just in case.. Worlds most embarrassing moment: having someone hand you a nice pit sweat soaked pad you dropped on the floor.

  • Anonymous

    Man, she’s all pit stains and ashy knees. Girl, you’re better than this!

  • Judy_J

    If she doesn’t know about dress shields, someone should inform her.  Shields would have saved this look.  Other than the sweat stains, she looks gorgeous.

  • margaret meyers

    And again, she is wearing too much foundation.  It takes all the character out of her own beautiful face.  I love the dress — it’s that sweater with the sewn in blouse-parts trick, only done with a cute short sweater and a silk shirt tail instead of the usual collar and cuffs.

  • Linde Hoff

    So was she one of the servers?  Or did she forget to take off her apron after pulling the tray of cookies out of the oven?  Not a fan of the dress — sorry.

  • Anonymous

    Is that a cropped sweater over a shiny button-down shirt? If so, I’m sorry, no. If it were a garment constructed that way, I’d be much more able to get on board.

  • Anonymous

    I will never get behind the use of a peplum. Never ever ever. In fact, I think she got pit stains on purpose to draw attention away from the peplum.

  • CQAussie

    Is that….sweat marks under her right pit?  Yikes?  Not fab.  And believe me – I have BEEN there.  Oh the memory, it still taunts me….=(  I don’t really like the dress even imagining it sans sweat mark.  The weird flaps turn me off and I don’t like those shoes.

    • Anonymous

      You know, it kind of looks like it might be! But, can it be?? 

  • Anonymous

    I find the pit stains more forgivable than that peplum. Pit stains are an accident. Peplums are intentional.

  • Anonymous

    In her defense: If you were about to come face to face with Martha Stewart, you’d sweat through your dress as well (not to mention pee your pants!)

    –GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    maybe she went right thru the shields?  i dont care for the apron/napking thingy.

  • Anonymous

    Is that little teeny apron attached to her front because she was going to bake cookies with Martha? Because if not, that alone would make this unwerqthy. Pit stains are just the icing on the cake.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

    Yeah, sweaty pits have no place on the red carpet. And though the dress basically fits well, I can’t get behind the weird shiny peplum. It starts too high to really flatter a woman’s shape, and the satin looks weird next to the jersey or whatever fabric the rest of the dress is made of.

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever noticed that something can look just fine, and then someone points out a flaw, and then that’s all you can see?  Well, this is an example.  Now her soggy pits are burned into my eyes, and will stay there until she turns up somewhere on a red carpet looking dry and fabulous, which will no doubt be soon. And maybe in the meantime she can apply some lotion to her knees. 

  • Valerie Little

    Geez, the photographer couldn’t do a little *cough cough head nod* toward her armpit and given her a heads up? Her handlers could have gotten out the blow dryer and fixed her up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      Or thrown on a little sweater?

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Or just frigging turn!  Her hair is covering on side, if she would have turned so the outline of her breast hid the other, no one would have ever known.

    • Lori

      This wasn’t just a photo op.  Later on she actually sang on stage that way, at times arms wide open displaying even bigger VPS.  Wonder if she was stubborn about not wearing shields, or if she really doesn’t mind.  Otherwise someone needs to be fired.

  • Anonymous

    When this happens to you, it sucks.  There is nothing to do but soldier on, with your arms glued to your sides.  I feel for you Jennifer. 

  • Anonymous

    Nice catch, TLo.

  • Anonymous

    Aww, I feel sorry for her.  I am cold all the time; maybe she has the opposite problem.

    Her hair and makeup are flawless, anyway.

    • Chantelle James

      I feel for her, too. I sweat like crazy and then I get cold so I end up changing clothes several times per day; if I thought Botox would fix the problem I’d do it. Somehow I don’t think it’s practical to Botox my entire torso plus my underarms, though.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like she forgot BOTH her Dove Clinical Protection AND her Cocoa Butter!

    • MilaXX

      dang, sweaty pits, AND ashy knees.

  • Anonymous

    The question is: do dress shields actually work? Or are they like shoving a light days pad under your arms?

    And, also, the stick straight hair annoys. I feel like they’re Alicia Keysifying her, making her look as assembly line pretty (Hollywood version) as possible. I’m not saying she has to go curly or wavy, but that superflat hair doesn’t do a thing for her.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I don’t really like anyone in the super flat hair — even people with pin-straight hair naturally can get some volume in it. 

      I think when you straighten AA hair that much, it’s probably difficult to get volume into though, because the strands themselves tend to be thicker and heavier — I’d much rather see natural hair on African-American women, and it has nothing to do with an objection to screwing with the original parts; you will never see my whiteness with my hair in its natural state because it is not pretty.  I just think it looks great. 

      Hell, when my every-bit-as-pasty-as-my-Irish-self mother had an Afro in the 70s (she had INSANELY curly hair to start with and permed it even tighter) I thought that was cool.  It’s still in one of my favorite pics of her.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve only had straight hair once (which was a mistake, long story), and I have a TON of hair. The thing is, my hair is actually quite fine, but curly. So when it’s straight, it looks flat – because it’s fine, not because my hair is heavy and weighs things down. But this probably depends on the black person. :)

        In any case, I like natural hair on everybody.

  • Anonymous

    That dress is made from 100% UNnatural fibers.  Sweat-tastic!

    Dislike the goth peplum intensely.  Your server, Morticia, will be by to take your order soon.

  • Anonymous

    Aw. So close. Best she’s looked in quite a while.

  • Anonymous

    There’s something very aggressive about the marionette lines of her mouth. Maybe it’s just musculature, due to her singing, but it makes her entire mouth look very large, like she might suck you into it.  It’s a little scary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

    Martha Stewart would not approve. 

  • Anonymous

    Now here would be a good use of some judicious Photoshopping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicole-Walraven/527225623 Nicole Walraven

    oh god forbid a celebrity should show any sign of being human, i.e. sweating. in public! i’m a little disappointed in you guys, i think the outfit is beautiful, and it was probably unnecessary to point out that she has a little bit of pit stain issues. as someone who up to now has enjoyed your version of low level cattiness, it bothers me that you would perpetuate the idea that beautiful for a woman means sweatless, hairless and perfectly airbrushed. there’s bitchy blogging, and then there’s just being a bitch. stick to fashion, it suits you better. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh good grief.

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      Oh, lighten up.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

      A bit of an over-reaction. I don’t think it’s a problem with the general consensus that she ever sweat. If there were pictures of her jogging/working-out, and she had sweat stains, I doubt TLo would even criticize, let alone bother to mention. But this is just one of those easily preventable incidents, like when your underwear shows through under intense flash, or the tag hanging out from the back of your dress. Yes, it’s relatively minor, but still it just forces you to think, “oh, honey!”

    • Anonymous

      This post made me cringe too. I used to sweat like a horse 30 years ago, and if I saw pictures of my pit stains plastered on a famous blog, with everyone criticizing, I would want to DIE.

  • Anonymous

    I dont’ like the shiny peplum.  I thought she was wearing an overly large belt that had slipped down too far.  OUT for me, just because of this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

    Hope she actually owns that dress. Maybe now she does.

  • Anonymous

    I’m usually not a fan of a peplum, but I do like this one.  I think it would be great for those days when I’m carrying a little extra water weight!   Instant tummy camoflauge!

  • Anonymous

    Oh poor thing. I feel really bad about that sweat stain. Otherwise, she’s looking amazing in that dress. I like peplums in general. This one looks a little like an apron, though. Still, thumbs up, except for the pit stains.

  • Anonymous

    She still deserves a werq (note lower case ;) )  She looks lovely, aside from the obvious…

    If only she knew enough at the time to throw those extensions forward, gone with the cocker spaniel  look, and covered up those flood gates bursting neath her arms.  No one would’ve been the wiser.  Cocker Spaniel hair is far less embarrassing than pit stains…ain’t it?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    No one’s saying she’s a bad person for sweating – it’s just notable no one on her team (whose job it is to make sure she looks good) caught this before she appeared in front of photographers.  It’s fashion.  Appearance matters.

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    Wouldn’t like it even without the sweat stains…

  • Anonymous

    Ouch. It must have been bitchin’ hot under the lights and/or she forgot the extra-strength Mitchum’s. I forgive her. Now back to the clothing etc. I don’t like her long flat ironed hair. It has no life in it save whatever product is slathered all over it to give it some fake shine. And the dress is matronly. And actually I dislike the teeny little ankle straps. That proportion makes her own ankles look thick. No. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh.  That’s unfortunate.

    • Lisa

      I know.  Coulda had a WERQ with just a little Secret Platinum.

  • Anonymous

    OK i’m always bitching about her Marilyn-kiss posing, now it’s cutesy hi-hi waving. Girl, stop!

    • Anonymous

      the kissing was annoying but the waving, i think, is okay.
      i think she just feels awkward. & that, in its way, is appealing. it’s more honest than the attitude of most people on the red carpet. cos even when yr vaguely used to it what a weird sensation it must be to be photographed like that–standing there, just kind of standing there. if yr at all self-conscious yr gonna wanna do something.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that’s a peplum. I think she’s wearing a cropped knit sweater over a shiny satin shirt with a shirttail hem. 

    OK, she could use some dress shields, but I’m such a fan of her voice, I don’t care.

  • Anonymous

    Her face really freaks me out, I guess losing all that weight has made her face took weird.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5MHSVVEFDTD5Q4F3CSOFYYPFJE Brenda

    It makes me feel better about life that sometimes celebrities have perspirations issues too.

  • Anonymous

    A little BOTOX in the pit takes care of that really well too.

    • Anonymous

      ew

  • Anonymous

    Do they still make dress shields?  Just wondering.

    I’m sure she has learned that very important lesson, now that these photos have appeared.  I always feel bad for performers who end up displaying pit stains.

  • Anonymous

    As I was driving home just now, for some reason my mind wandered to Beyonce. Yeah, she’s beautiful and all that, but kinda tacky too. Witness the ridiculous baby-bump-with-heels look she’s been sporting lately. She seems like a mean girl in real life. And I was thinking: Well, at least I’ve never contributed to her money machine. I’ve never bought her music, or her perfume, or anything else she endorses. And then I realized … oh yeah, I saw Dreamgirls. So I HAVE put a penny in baby’s pocketbook. And that made me think of the other star of that movie, Jennifer Hudson, and my completely opposite reaction. I loooove Jennifer Hudson. The poor girl has endured the worst of what life can hand us, and she’s back out there, smiling. She’s lost weight, which is incredibly hard. Trust me, I’m trying too … I’m on Weight Watchers as we speak. (And yes, her endorsement was an influence, although I’ve been a WW member before.) Oh yeah, she can sing too. And damn, girl looks good as of late, and has received more than one TLo WERQ, as I recall. Really, the pit stains only make me like her all the more. While her look is almost perfection here, she’s not a robot. Girl is real.

  • Anonymous

    that is unfortunate. But real!

  • Jessica Rowe

    Poor thing.

  • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

    That’s not a peplum, it’s a blouse under a short sweater, creating a peplum effect.

  • Anonymous

    She looks like Betty Draper forgot to take off her kitchen apron before the guests arrived.

  • Anonymous

    Poor thing!  That’s why she’s holding her arms like that. At least she knows what’s going on and isn’t waving her hand over head like she’s in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.