… Queen Latifah.
I remember watching this video as a kid and feeling absolute AWE at the waves of power coming off of this woman. I wanted her to like me. I wanted to be like her. She was tough and smart and cool and beautiful and brave. The absolute package.
As her career shifted from music to film, I was curious to see how she’d change. But Latifah has remained radiant, powerful, and true to herself throughout. She was stellar in “Chicago,” naturally, but my favorite role of hers was in “Stranger Than Fiction.” Husband Mike and I watch this film approximately every six months, and QL’s role as Penny, the editorial assistant, hits me right where I live. I can relate to the feeling of trying to impose order on a chaotic world, and simultaneously long for someone to step in to impose order on MY chaotic world. And Queen Latifah is serene and goddesslike in this role.
Like any full-figured woman working in Hollywood, Queen Latifah has had her battles with body image, dieting, surgeries, cosmetics campaigns, retouching, and that lovely lot of issues that plague all celebs. But, in my opinion, she has handled it all with remarkable aplomb. She mainly leads by example, dressing to her glorious figure instead of striving to change or mask it. I have never seen her look anything short of luminous. And, more than that, I have never seen her look miserable, ashamed, or uncomfortable in her own skin.
If you ask me, THAT is how a queen should be.