American Idol's Jennifer Hudson on Seduction
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
It’s true! Jennifer Hudson, American Idol season three finalist, is on seduction…that is Imari Seduction, the new scent from Avon Products Inc. The Academy Award-winning actress and singer is now the new endorser of the Imari brand, Avon’s largest and best selling fragrance since its launch 20 years ago.

Avon Products, Inc., an American cosmetics, perfume and toy seller, has captured markets worldwide in over 135 countries with sales of $8.1 billion as of 2005. But apart from its corporate pursuits, the company has also been involved in a number of philanthropic causes, primarily centered on women’s empowerment and health issues. With this in mind, the company chose Hudson to be its representative and endorser.

Liz Smith, executive vice president of Avon said in a statement, "We believe that our Avon representatives and their customers will be truly inspired by Jennifer's dream-come-true success story."

Hudson, a 24-year old native of Chicago, attended Dunbar Vocational Career Academy. She auditioned for the third season of American Idol in Atlanta, Georgia, and eventually made it as a finalist on the show. Unfortunately, she was eliminated on the competition on seventh place. After her American Idol stint, she signed a record deal with Artista Records under Clive Davis who is popularly known to have guided the careers of famous artists like Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She was also included on the musical film Dreamgirls that garnered her numerous awards and recognitions. In addition, she is the third African-American to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.

Moreover, Hudson is the newest in the celebrity loop to put their names to fragrances. According to the research firm NDP Group, celebrity fragrances made up nearly a quarter of the top 100 women’s fragrance brands in 2006, which is a significant increase from its 10 percent share in 2003. "This is an honor for me and very flattering," said Hudson.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Yahoo News