Jennifer Hudson attends the Los Angeles Premiere of MGM’s “Respect” at Regency Village Theatre on August 08, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

As we all by now, Jennifer Hudson is a style icon with a diverse style that emphasizes importance on the everyday looks that are a departure from more bold and costume-y designs we’re used to seeing on red carpets. She emphasized this style while on The View on Monday, where she reflected on playing Aretha Franklin in Respect, which earned her a Best Actress SAG nomination.

The dress she wore on The View was a ‘Loren Maxi Dress‘ from Solace London. She paired the dress with a pair of nude Christian Louboutin pumps, keeping the entire look understated yet effective in the scope of Hudson’s simplistic yet glamorous style.

Her segment on The View largely highlighted Hudson’s portrayal of Aretha Franklin, but on Monday, with the episode falling on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Hudson gave particular insight into the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Aretha Franklin.

“What surprised me was the depth of the relationship and the closeness,” Hudson started off. “When we think of legends, icons and world-changers like [King and Franklin], especially when you come from a different era, you don’t necessarily put them together.”

She continued “Doing the research and finding a timeline of the film it’s like ‘wow,’ you got to see just how in synch they were, to the point where she at one point called him Uncle,” Hudson said. “[Franklin] was a part of the movement and used her own gifts and talents and platforms just the same, and the came together. Her father funded Dr. King and his efforts.”

“They all had a role and a part to play in it, and it was that power that shifted things, and it came from powers that be, such as Ms. Franklin.”