After years of struggling with her body image issues, Queen Latifah has come to a place of acceptance regarding her curves. As she tells it, a chance encounter with a driver changed her perspective:
I was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. I was at the airport and the limo driver told me about his 12-year-old daughter, who wanted to be a singer and had a beautiful voice. However, her classmates were teasing her about her body and telling her she was never going to make it.
She saw me perform on TV and I inspired her to sing again. She saw me and my appearance and my success and the great job I did. This was a 12-year-old kid whose dream had been halted by negative comments, but she saw me deliver a knock-out performance and it made her believe she could become successful too.
Well, Queen, it’s awesome that you’ve found a way to accept yourself. But it prompts me to ask: Why do you hawk weight-loss products?