Jennifer Hudson made her Met Gala comeback Monday night in pure white. The Color Purple star strutted down the red carpet in none other than H&M.

“The dress is definitely a statement piece—it’s a showstopper,” she told PeopleStyleWatch before her red carpet walk. Her decision to wear an afoordable brand was inspired by the fact that she still identifies with the everyday woman. “To me, H&M is a bridge between the everyday girl and the Hollywood girl,” she said. “It represents every girl and every woman, and I feel like we all connect to it. So I feel like I’m representing every girl. I really do.”

As for her big red carpet comeback, she said, “I told H&M, ‘Don’t you worry, because I am going to display this dress.’ I’m determined to. I get a little nervous when I think about being in the middle of everything. And this is a dress that you will notice in the middle of everything. So I must be focused and ready.”
And that she did!

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