Still Mourning, Hudson Gives Ad Go-Ahead

Singer shot photos before the slayings
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2008 10:52 AM CST
In this Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, file photo, actress Jennifer Hudson attends a gala screening of "The Secret Life Of Bees" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – The timing isn't the best, but Jennifer Hudson has given her blessing to the inclusion of her photo in a new Gap ad, E! Online reports. The holiday ad campaign, conceived and photographed before the murders of her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew, features the Academy Award-winner looking cheery in a red sweater.

"She said she wanted to be a part of it and that we should move forward," a Gap spokesperson said.