Jennifer Hudson: Style Evolution (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

09/10/2011 07:12 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Jennifer Hudson’s rise to fame from American Idol is one for the books. The Chicago, Illinois native was a finalist on the TV show in 2004 and although she didn’t win the grand prize, she won America’s heart. Hudson made her movie debut a few years later in Dreamgirls alongside Beyoncé and by 2008, her albums were certified gold. The chanteuse recently became the spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. She made the move from empire waists and flowy dresses in favor of body-con sheaths and curve-hugging dresses.

While she’s celebrating her 29th birthday this Monday with some cake, click through the gallery to see Hudson’s style evolution!

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