Jennifer Hudson should be thanking her ‘lucky’ stars that she wasn’t asked to put on a heinous wig for this fashion spread. Remember that tragedy that was Britney Spears’ Lucky cover last month. EPIC FAIL. The Oscar-winning actress definitely dodged a bullet there. Wearing H&M, 7 For All Mankind and DKNY, Hudson beams on Lucky’s January 2013 issue snapped by photographer Ruven Afanador.

The publication couldn’t have picked a better person to kick off 2013 with than the wickedly awesome Miss Hudson. The 31-year-old has a few big projects lined up in the new year. Not only does her highly-anticipated guest starring role on Smash begin in February, but the R&B singer is dropping a new album. Reportedly, super producer Redone is working heavily with Hudson for her third studio effort. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, the stylish celebrity will continue working on her recently-debuted fashion line. Check out a few quotes from her interview discussing this and much more below.

On First Time She Was Asked To Lose Weight

“The first time I was asked to lose weight [on American Idol], I was like, ‘What??’ Where I come from, I was never considered particularly heavy.” After a number of crash-diet attempts, Hudson found success with Weight Watchers because it wasn’t about Hollywood-style deprivation. “You have what you’re craving,” she says. “Chocolate is what I love—I have it every day.”

On Her Fashion Inspiration (Grandfather)

“The most stylish person in my family was definitely him—he’d take you into his closet and be like, ‘Hey! You need to wear this, Jenny!’ He was dressed down, honey, his closet, his clothes, they were sharp. He would pick things out of his for me to wear, and they were always perfect. That’s why I love menswear.”

On Her New Clothing Line

“Being a celebrity, you sort of have to look—decent—when you go out, but you don’t necessarily want to be always dressed up, totally perfect. I have to be flexible, comfortable. I still can’t believe I have my own line. Us ladies, we don’t always get cute if we’re getting comfort. You want both. I hate when you see a guy and girl out together, and he’s walking along, feeling great, and she can’t walk in her heels and she’s freezing in her dress … ”

For more of Jennifer Hudson in Lucky magazine, click here.