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America Ferrara in Brian Reyes dress

We wrote previously about how Jennifer Hudson is one of the people that we admire. You can add another name to the list: America Ferrara. The program Ugly Betty has been remarkably successful despite the fact that so many situations in it are unreal - there are hardly any offices where everyone (except Betty, of course) is so gorgeous, but it is one program that was marketed extremely well. That is why it was nice to see America win a Golden Globe.

And what do we think of her dress?
The draped gown by designer Brian Reyes in a deep indigo color was simple, elegant, and easy-to-miss (photo copyright: HFPA). It is not something that we will talk about much in the future. Even the actress thought that it was simply "young and easy” and that is why she chose it.

We think that if you are not a diva yet and just starting out (this applies not just to red carpet moments but to all life situations), stay away from anything bold. The Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, who was on the red carpet for the first time in the US, clearly should have not chosen that Chanel dress - it simply attracted too much attention and everyone forgot that she is a good actress.

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Learning from Jennifer Hudson

Photo of Jennifer Hudson after the Golden GlobesI am sure you have had a chance to work with one of those idiots who know it all - the ones that write your performance reviews and say that you are good-for-nothing or not (whatever) material or that you can't be promoted, or even worse, let go. One of such obnoxious people that I know of is Simon Cowell, the host of American Idol. He told Jennifer Hudson (Photo: Golden Globe® Awards 2007 - © MMVII Hollywood Foreign Press Association® "© HFPA" and "64th Golden Globe® Awards") that she was just not good enough.

Guess what, she won the Golden Globe, and I wouldn't be surprised if she continued to do well as an actor and singer and win more awards too. Cowell did realize his mistake when Hudson put up a stellar performance on the Oprah show. He apologized, "I'd like to be the first to admit a massive dose of humble pie. That was extraordinary Jennifer and I feel very proud of you. I feel we had a very small part in what's happened in your life--please thank me when you get your Oscar."

Hudson, on a different occasion, said, "Who cares what Simon Cowell has to say?"

So the message here is that idiots have a hard time keeping their mouth shut but you must keep your ears closed when idiots talk. I am so proud of Jennifer Hudson and hope that she can be a role model for anyone out there who has been discouraged by a colleague or friend or family member.

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