I've always admired Queen Latifah and her confidence. Let's be real -- a lady who is willing to compare herself to royalty, well, you've gotta be strong to pull that off. Queen Latifah (whose real name is Dana Elaine Owens) hasn't always been raging with self-confidence, though. The A-lister recently told Good Housekeeping that she accepts that she wasn't born a size 2:
I'm not skinny, period. [I embrace it by] accentuating the positive and eliminating as much negative as possible. I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side -- hating your body and criticizing yourself all the time.
Yeah, that's not an easy way to live. That's not a way anyone wants to lives. But wait until you hear what the Grammy-winning star has to say about what life was like before she accepted her size:
Queen Latifah told the magazine:
When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You're either going to love yourself or hate yourself.' And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things. For a lot of the things I've wanted to do in life, I haven't looked typical.
It's a beautiful outlook to have and not an easy one to keep when you're born naturally larger-set. I have girlfriends who, like Queen Latifah, have struggled being naturally bigger. It isn't easy. Heck, a friend of mine with broad shoulders also happens to be 6'1" and always gets criticized for her size. I can only imagine that it's hard seeing skinny women parading around on magazine covers and red carpets, wanting to have that body type.
But the reality: There's nothing wrong with being a bit bigger, if you're happy. It's all in the way you carry yourself, how you present yourself with confidence. Large or small, accepting the body you have and working with it is a healthier way to live your life.
Can you relate to her struggles? Are you or someone else you know naturally big-boned?
Image via Good Housekeeping