Wow, times have certainly changed for the one and only Jennifer Hudson. The Oscar and Grammy award winning singer/actress got her start in the business years before American Idol, when she was a performer on the Disney cruise ship Wonder back in 2003! And now, she is the star of the newest Disney Parks ad, dolled up as Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (see the ad right here!). “I got my start on the Disney Wonder cruise ship almost ten years ago,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s crazy, so it’s full circle.”
Jennifer Hudson posed on the banks of a swamp while being snapped by the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz for the newest celebrity-centric Disney Parks ad entitled, “Where you always follow your heart” that will appear in the pages of Vanity Fair, O The Oprah Magazine, and People. And J-Hud wasn’t alone! She brought along her adorable 4-year-old son David to share in the experience!
Check out these amazing behind the scenes photos right here:
Jennifer Hudson and Son 1 of 9
Jennifer Hudson tries to give a kiss to her little prince!
In Character 2 of 9
Jennifer Hudson in character as Princess Tiana, and it's a role that suits her!
The Dress 3 of 9
They made Jennifer Hudson an amazing dress for the shoot! Perfect!
Beautiful 4 of 9
J-Hud looked so stunning, gorgeous, and beautiful!
Forest 5 of 9
The location was a real forest — a beautiful forest at that!
Annie at Work 6 of 9
Annie Leibovitz at work with her camera, working on getting the perfect shot.
Adjustments 7 of 9
The crew giving Jennifer Hudson a couple of adjustments before they continue.
Disney Magic 8 of 9
Yes, Disney magic even happens in their ads! Beautiful, no?
Royal 9 of 9
She may be pop royalty, but here she is the perfect incarnation of Disney royalty.
Photo Source: Disney Parks