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Without a doubt, Jennifer Hudson knows how to work a camera. Even in a room with broken air-conditioning on one of the hottest days of the year, Hudson managed to exude effortless glam in her cover shoot with photographer Jake Chessum. She was just as relaxed and down-to-earth in our wide-ranging interview, in which the Broadway-bound diva covered everything from sexism in the music industry to gun violence in Chicago. Click through our favorite photos of the multi-award-winning star below, and don’t miss the talented performer in this fall’s revival of The Color Purple.