Jennifer Hudson: Being the first black Disney princess is 'quite emotional for me'

jennifer-hudson-tiana-disney-princess.jpg Jennifer Hudson is the latest celebrity to don a princess dress for the series of Annie Leibovitz photos called "Disney Dream Portraits," advertising for the Magic Kingdom. The Oscar winner is made up as Princess Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog."

"What made me want to be a part of this project is ... [playing] the first black Disney princess!" Hudson tells Yahoo Movies. "This experience is quite emotional for me, it means and it stands for so much," Hudson continued. "To be here and to be part of it and help bring the princess to life, the 'Frog Princess' that is, it really is a Disney dream. This really is every girl's dream, and it's a Disney dream come true."

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"I like what the 'Frog Princess' character stands for. She's a hard worker. She's a young girl with dreams and goals," Hudson continues. "Throughout her journey, you get to see her dreams manifest. Even at an early age of 17, 18 years old, [you see her] opening her little restaurant and being the little girl with dreams."

The ad featuring J-Hud will be seen in upcoming issues of O magazine, Vanity Fair and People. Hudson can next be seen on the silver screen in "Winne Mandela," as the titular civil rights activist and wife of South African leader Nelson Mandela. It opens nationwide on Sept. 6.

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