*Jennifer Hudson’s weight loss has been the topic of discussion for some time now, especially since she’s dropped 80 pounds. She graces the cover of Self magazine and shared with readers her struggle with her weight.

“I didn’t even know I was considered plus-sized until I came to Hollywood,” she told themagazine. “I thought I was the perfect size!”

Coming from the Southside of Chicago and growing up thick was the norm. She continues:

“I remember one of my first times on a red carpet, an interviewer asked, ‘How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?’ I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized? In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”

Once she became pregnant, the singer decided it was time for a lifestyle change. She explained that people didn’t know she was pregnant. Besides, she wanted to be healthy for her son, who is now 2.

And since getting skinny, she’s gotten a lot more attention and Hollywood and the world treats her different.

“You never know you’re being discriminated against until you see what you’ve been deprived of. Everybody wants you to wear this or put you on the cover of that. Before, my career was great, but since losing weight, I haven’t stopped. I have worked every single day of this year.”