WERQ: Jennifer Hudson in Reem Acra

Posted on April 04, 2012

We’re cranky, we hate everybody, and we want to go back to bed. Who can rid us of these meddlesome thoughts so we can get on with our day?


Jennifer Hudson attends the 2012 Concert for the Rainforest Fund in NYC in a Reem Acra gown accessorised with Kimberly McDonald jewelry.

Reem Acra Resort 2012 Collection

Thank you, Miss Jennifer. Better than a double-shot of espresso. You WERQ that rainforest, girl.


[Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, elle.com]

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  • WERQ!!!  I think a little belt to tie the top and bottom together better, but overall….HOT HOT HOT!! 

    • MilaXX

       Agreed a belt would have been nice, but I’m loving the fit of the bodice. Definitely a WERQ in my opinion.

  • Mike McGee

    Definitely flaunting the fabulous.

  • I like the bodice but not the skirt part of the dress. Her makeup, hair and jewelry are really nice, though.

  • serenitynow02

    I guess I must be crankier than you, but it looks generic Barbie to me and I hate the color. 

    But it does fit her nicely and she herself looks lovely.

    •  Yeah, the outfit made me think “princess!” instantly.

    • dress_up_doll

      I too was thinking magnificent mocha Barbie —- but not necessarily in a bad way. It just seems to lack individuality or that something special quality.

      • introspective

        I wish I had a “magnificent mocha Barbie” to play with as a kid. she sounds kinda fab!

        and JHud looks great. totally werqing the princess realness. snaps boo.

    • dress_up_doll

      I too was thinking magnificent mocha Barbie —- but not necessarily in a bad way. It just seems to lack individuality or that something special quality.

  • uh may zing.

  • She manages to make this look great, but it looks like a Jessica McClintock bridesmaid dress I wore in the mid-90s.

  • Are you sure you are completely awake yet? To me this reads as such a ‘Barbie at the prom’ kind of dress!

  • guest2visits

    What a beautiful gown; she looks great. Even slimmer than on her commercials; if that matters.

  • jw_ny

    Very pretty and I agree that it’s a werq.  Although it’s all very monochromatic, it works well for her and isn’t dull.  I, too, wouldn’t mind if she’d worn a belt or ribbon at the seam between bodice and skirt…coulda used somethin there…

  •  Great color on her. Her skin tone is very similar.

  • fringebenefit

    Yes, a little belt or ribbon at the seam between bodice and skirt was necessary for this look to truly sing, but still 8 out of 10 on my scale. 

  • Jessica Goldstein

    That’s funny, guys, because I’m cranky and hate everybody today because I can’t get out of the house. Call it Sick-Kid-Itis.

  • EEKstl

    I too am tired, cranky, and want to go back to bed and resume a rather nice dream I was having about Daniel Day-Lewis (I know, right?).  But yes, JHud looks pretty, tho the skirt’s too long.

  • sarahofalessergod

    She looks lovely and happy.  Dress isn’t spectacular, but I like it a far sight better than the super-tight stuff she was wearing when she first got her “new body”.

    • Spicytomato1


    • ballerinawithagun


  • The girls coulda used a little more support.

    • kimmeister

      At least we don’t see a pronounced titscrepancy.

  • NurseEllen

    I can’t tell……is there some “illusion” netting over her chest, going to her neck where the little scalloped design can be seen?  It looks like that skin is a different color.   At first I thought the scalloped thing was a necklace, but now I’m not so sure.  Anyway, agree on the belt, agree that it’s a little Barbie-ish, agree that it doesn’t matter, and agree on cranky.  Let’s all stay home and in our jammies all day, drinking coffee and critiquing fashion.  Sounds a lot better than going to work.

  • Looks great! And she’s wearing jewelry! Even better. 

  • I concur with everyone else, in that I think maybe a neutral shiny
    something or other at the bottom seam of the bodice would have finished
    things much nicer.  As it is, it feels as though
    something should be happening there other than what

  • poggi

    She looks pretty.  You really notice her first and not the dress, which I think is a good thing.

  • Judy_J

    She looks like she’s settling nicely into her new shape.  This gown suits her quite nicely.  I do wish it had a belt or some detailing at the waist, but overall, she looks lovely.

  • MoreShoes

    Finally! She found out you can show off your body in a classy way.

    • giiiirrrr

       Any time she’s not wearing something so skintight I can see the good china is a WERQ!

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful. And this is a case where the dress being close to her skin tone works really well. I love everything about this dress for her.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Pretty princess.

  • MsOlympia

    You know, the best WERQ moments transcend the clothes…they showcase someone who looks sincerely happy, which JHud does here.  Just goes to show how much of fashion is psychological…she feels beautiful and comfortable in her own skin and it makes the dress look much prettier than it would otherwise.

    • JaneDC

      Agreed. I think happy and comfortable make it WERQ.

  • formerlyAnon

    Lovely. And no over-sharing of her anatomy. There’s nothing wrong with being on the Barbie Princess side of things occasionally.

    (I know it’s the thing, but really, I’m just tired of seeing almost all of everyone’s legs and all of their breasts except for a few square inches over and directly below the nipples.  At a certain point it even stops looking hoochie and starts looking like anatomical studies of extremely well-maintained bodies.)

  • sagecreek

    Oh, she’s lovely! GO JENNIFER.

  • AthenaJ

    Yaaay! She looks happy, healthy, and gorgeous – Agreed, total WERQ! My crappy morning is now a little bit better 🙂

  • marilyn


  • Pupioso

    She rocks that dress!

  • PeaceBang

    I wish I could like that dress even a tiny bit. 

  • CatherineRhodes

    This is a princess dress that doesn’t look cloyingly “princessy.” Love her.

  • Sophie Collier

    I wish the designer had done something with the skirt or waistband.  It’s certainly a classy dress and she fills it out beautifully, but the bottom is so plain compared to the bodice.  A sash?  A bit of sparkle at the hem?  Something?

  • Tracy_Flick

    WERQ? Really? It looks like she desperately needs to hike up the bodice (or get a better foundation garment?) and put her hair in an updo, for starters. The bodice colors are lovely, but the skirt looks like a puddle of dirty dishwater. She’s gorgeous, but I don’t think this merits a WERQ.

  • mmc

    You WERQ that happy glow, Jennifer!

  • So pretty!

  • Susan Crawford

    Oh, yes! WERQ that fabulosity, JHud!

  • up with pod people

    She looks amazing, but the break between the intricate bodice and plain skirt makes it look like there’s an overlay she forgot, and we’re seeing the lining.

  • jcolli69

    That color looks fabulous with her skin tone! I wish she’d move her hair so I could see the how the top is finished tho.

  • She looks pretty and the dress is perfect. Maybe she’s finally over the “OMG! I’m skinny now! See my legs! See my tits!” period.

  • Lilithcat

    I’m sorry you’re cranky & hate everyone!  Going back to bed and starting the day over might not be such a bad idea.  I sure hope your day (and moods) improve.

    And, yes, she looks fabulous.  Do we know who the designer is?

  • Joyce VG

    She looks like a Duchess!

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    if it makes you feel better, i have to get started on at least two root canals today. all of a sudden two of my near-front teeth broke pretty much in half. i had no idea. i look like i was hit in the mouth, but no such luck. i am really scared, people who have been diagnosed w/ trigeminal neuralgia [correct diagnosis or not. or not] have severe head pain & dont enjoy dental work. at all.

    otoh, JH does look very nice. i only wish she had invested in a better bra. if she needs some tips, not a single pun intended, why, when i get back from my evisceration, i would be happy to provide them.

    • formerlyAnon

      Lord – Dee!  I hope today’s procedure & all the follow-ons go well. And that they give you enough of some pretty effective drugs. (For what good dental work costs, that’s the least they can do.)

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        $5000 worth of dental work [to be more or less exact]. &, i have to say, for the first time in years i looked at myself in the mirror & actually realized–realized, a big deal for the eating disordered–that i am no longer, how you say, fat. so, of course, i am in too much pain to eat.

        oh how i wish christina hendricks & adele & whoever else fits in the teensy tinsy group of non-sample size celebs were celebs when i was spending my misspent youth. cos, after all the deaths, even what remained of the counterculture was so narrow & insisted pretty much to a man [word chosen purposefully] that the women involved were just as narrow–& i dont mean -minded. all my yelling about anorexia belies that i never believed serious thinness was the only, or even the correct way. i was just mired in a bad time. i know people younger than i am cannot believe it is better in this way now, i’m sure it still feels terribly bad to be on the other end of it. but it’s ridiculously better. i mean, when i was a seventeen year old person careening headlong into a divorce it wasnt considered wrong for the wretched life form who calls himself the father of net art to mail me semi-aroused photographs of himself from another continent while, all the while, endlessly berating me about my weight. & worse. he did a lot worse than that. & i wasnt alone on the end of it & he wouldnt be able to do it now.

        anyway, what was i saying? i think it was:
        thank you so much for yr kindness.
        i apologize for babbling, i feel really bad. you’d think, wouldnt you, that one major problem–crazyspouse & his crazy heart condition–would be enough for one small person in one year. you’da thunk it cos yr nice, but–


        • formerlyAnon

          Some writer (I should remember but can’t, now), a woman, from L.A. described the 70s as that time when “everybody in America wanted to look like George Harrison and by eating nothing but steamed vegetables and, occasionally, a small piece of fish, many of us managed to make ourselves almost thin enough. And then we all looked boringly the same”

          Which is certainly not an accurate quote (obviously, since I cannot retrieve the author’s name) but that’s the gist.

          That is a good thing to realize (that you’re not fat) when you look in the mirror! If only battles could be fought and won, permanently, in big fell swoops instead of baby steps.

  • After she lost weight and was out on the town, I thought she looked bobble-headed and strange in her too-tight clothes. But this is perfection – the proper fit and color, with the right hairstyle – she looks amazing.

  • Patricia Gillett

    I agree that a belt would tie it together better but she’s WEQ’ing it. And I’m loving this bodice on a curvy girl. It would not look as great on any of the size 0 starlets. 

  • Funkykatt

    Not working it. Too pageant for me. Too boring also. I shouldn’t talk though, I have not been in a dress in years. 

  • Taylor Coil

    Aren’t you glad T Swift didn’t wear this? 

  • turtleemily

    I like it more on Jennifer than the model, so I say bravo.

  • The skirt on the original is vastly superior, but even so, it’s pretty great. Reem Acra was made for hourglass girls.

  • Lisa

    This dress is *made* for a girl with curves! The color is gorgeous on her skin tone, and she’s werqing it way better than the model!  Brava, Miss Hudson!

  • That is such a great color on her and for once she is not trying to make it all about the body-paint-like dress. She looks so pretty. And she looks like she knows it. Which is the definition of WERQ.

  • bluefish

    Cheapy cheap cheap.  The dress on the model looks significantly different and more interesting from the waist down.  Have to confess that everytime I hear La Hudson screeching away at her triumphant weight loss song on tv, I grind my teeth in agony. 

  • Dear Jennifer! Brava, sister!!! Whoever did your hair – keep them on the payroll!

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  • aristida_girl

    Ooooo pretty

  • aristida_girl

    Ooooo pretty

  • Bozhi

    Beautiful dress.  I don’t like her hair.  She should have had it off her neck and shoulders.

  • Holy Hannah, yes. Better than on the model. <3

  • bitterk

    Nah, she looks like she is attending a cotillion.