13. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is beloved as a fighter and a survivor who overcame personal tragedy to reshape herself (both literally and figuratively) as an empowered diva. She’s buddies with the President and has a resume that includes gigs at the Grammys, the Super Bowl and an endless stream of Weight Watchers commercials. She’s also got an Oscar on her mantel to mark just how far she’s come since her early dismissal from “American Idol.” Up next for the resilient Hudson: a recurring role on the NBC musical drama "Smash" and, in 2013, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. —Jeff Royer
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