After losing her mother, brother and nephew, 7, in a horrific murder, Jennifer is finding ways to cope and make the holidays as happy as she can. One way she's doing that is by making Christmas dreams come true for deserving kids. "The Julian D. King Toy Drive and Christmas dinner is for kids who are doing well in school — just progressing, they don't necessarily have to have all A's or B's — and we grant whatever their Christmas wish is. With everything that happened with our family, it's hard to get through the holidays. So I was wondering, 'How can we turn a negative around make it a positive thing?' And so we came up with giving back."
After losing nearly 80 pounds by following the Weight Watchers plan, Jennifer says she's still trying to get used to her new body. "I'm getting used to my new self more than anything else. I got used to being plus-sized and knowing how to be that, whereas this is like, 'Okay, who am I?' I keep thinking that I probably need an extra-large or a large and the stylist is like, 'No, you need a medium or a small.'"
She's also been busy creating a new clothing line - one that works with all sizes. "I know what I like, and that's what it's all about. It's like, who's your fashion icon? Me. And no one but you knows what you feel most comfortable in. I look at each piece and think, 'Could I wear that as big Jennifer or could I wear that now?' I want to consider every girl."
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