Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson shows of her fabulous body on the cover of Redbook magazine, December 2012 issue, on newsstands November 13.

Inside her interview with the mag the Lullaby and Smash star talks about her weight loss transformation, getting through the holidays without her family and her new clothing line.

Check out some highlights below:

How she honors her late nephew during the holidays:  “The Julian D. King Toy Drive and Christmas dinner is for kids who are doing well in school – just progressing, they don’t necessarily have to have all A’s or B’s – and we grant whatever their Christmas wish is.  With everything that happened with our family, it’s hard to get through the holidays.  So I was wondering, “How can we turn a negative around make it a positive thing?  How can we be able to look forward to the holidays and the birthdays?”  And so we came up with giving back.”

On feeling closure after the trial (Hudson’s former brother-in-law was recently found guilty of the 2008 murders of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew):  “I mean, you can never fully get complete closure – whatever that means. Is there ever really a point of closure?  Do I feel healed?  No.”

On losing more weight:  “I’m at the weight I want to be.  But I hear all the time, “Don’t lose any more weight, you need to stop.”  People are under the impression that I’m still losing but I’m not.”

On how she’s feeling after her weight loss transformation:  “I’m getting used to my new self more than anything else.  I got used to being plus-sized and knowing how to be that, whereas this is like, “Okay, who am I?”  I keep thinking that I probably need an extra-large or a large and the stylist is like, “No, you need a medium or a small.”

On why she decided to start designing her own clothing line (Jennifer Hudson Collection for QVC):  “I know what I like, and that’s what it’s all about.  It’s like, who’s your fashion icon?  Me.  And no one but you knows what you feel most comfortable in.  I look at each piece and think, “Could I wear that as big Jennifer or could I wear that now?”  I want to consider every girl.”

Photo credit: Ruven Afanador for REDBOOK