Jennifer Hudson: I Need an Entire New Wardrobe for My Pixie Cut!

01/23/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Jennifer HudsonNick Wass/AP

Jennifer Hudson always brings her “A” game to the red carpet. But her recent decision to chop her hair into an on-trend pixie has added a whole new element to her style experience. If you ask her, the singer is still trying to find her “short hair swag.”

“I’m busy swiping out my entire wardrobe now,” Hudson told PEOPLE. “The hair change is almost as drastic as my weight loss! It feels the exact same way. Shorter hair makes me look taller, so I’m still trying to figure that out. I was just on Shopbop last night, and I want clothes that will elongate my body. If you are gonna wear a different style, you have to wear it. You can’t let it wear you.”

One pixie-inspired move she made right after the cut was adding some new bling to her ears. “I just got my ears pierced at the top too. It’s more about the profile than anything for me and elongating myself even more. I’m trying to find things to complement that. For me, short hair is all about presence. You have to have presence.”

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We think Hudson already has the presence thing down — she’s been the face of Weight Watchers for well over three years now. And her latest endeavor is to promote the company’s Healthy Communities grant program, which offers subsidized meetings and free app access to needy residents in three cities: Baltimore, York, Penn. and Racine, Wisc.

“It hits so close to home,” she said of the cause. “I know exactly the challenges people face, and I’m just excited to help inspire their journey. I want to change lives this year. I get so many people approaching me saying, ‘I can’t afford it.’ Now, we can make this happen for people of all walks of life and afford them the same opportunities.”

And while Hudson follows her Weight Watchers plan closely to maintain her size-six figure, she totally believes in a cheat day (or two) every now and then. “I cheated my life away over the holidays,” she said. “I fixed my son brownies and chocolate chip cookies every day of the holiday season, and Mommy had some too. Several times I went over my points, and it’s good to allow yourself that. If you don’t give that, that’s when you rebel.”

And when she does splurge, she always gets back on track with her fitness routine. Her workout secret is butt-burning and totally free. “Sometimes I set the timer on the stove and run up and down my steps until it goes off,” she explained. “You don’t even need to go to the gym. Set the timer or microwave for 15 to 20 minutes and you’ll work up a sweat.”

What do you think of the singer’s weight loss outlook? How about her pixie motto? Share your thoughts below!

–Brittany Talarico

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Charlie on

I don’t know why, but I just don’t like this woman, she makes me cringe. I don’t know why. I feel bad sometimes I cant stand her.

chelsea on

What about Jennifer’s VERY OVER WEIGHT SISTER??? What has she done for her health????

Jocelyn on

It looks great on her. You go girl!!!

Poppy Jones on

Charlie have u every thought that perhaps u cannot understand her success in life, or perhaps her favor, or maybe it is the fact that God planned this life 4 her even before she was born, like he has a plan for yours. And Chelsea her sister’s weight is her sister’s business. Weight management is basically a mind over matter kinda thing. So leave that alone.

sandy on

I think she looks great.

and Charlie, You control your feelings not the other way around….It amazes me the things people think they have (No control Over) What a joke! Just be honest and say you don’t like her, that is not a crime…Somewhere someone in the world does not like you and they may be cringing as well. I’m sure you are not loosing any sleep over people you may not know…..Sorry this had nothing to do with the question that was asked……I, I just couldn’t help myself (LOL)

guest on

Hey Poppy Jones- Weight isn’t always mind over matter. It’s also genetics.

Smithy on

She has a face for short hair and wears it well.

slawson on

#Charlie, that’s funny! I don’t like you either and I cringe to think that you’re commenting here. I also feel bad that I can’t stand you, especially since I do not even know you, had a conversation with you, or haven’t said “boo” to you. I do feel bad though, but the good news. Jennifer sure can care less about you loving or hating her. She is too busy living her life and making riches. Okay, I now get why you can’t stand her.

Jenny on

I adore Jennifer and I’m so proud of her! I wish her many, many more years of success and happiness.

Debbie on

She wears it well.

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