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Queen Latifah, who has been open about her journey with weight and wellness for years now, is up for discussions.
The rapper, who became popular in the 1980s, said her encounters in working as an entertainer and the public eye that comes with it had been a range of sizes.
In an interview with CNN, she said that she knows she has been a good role model, and this has helped her succeed in a world where women are scrutinized and criticized for their appearance.
“I have felt the pressure of representation throughout my career,” she revealed to CNN. “I’m glad that I decided to be me. I’m glad I had parents who raised me with enough self-love and constantly filled me with self-esteem.”
Queen Latifah is on a mission to empower people, and she’s using her TV show as an opportunity for that. Queen recently partnered with Novo Nordisk to organize a campaign to realign the conversation about obesity: weight and health.
“There has been a lot of stigma attached to that world [obesity], a lot of history to that word, a lot of ignorance attached to that word … and a lot of negativity throughout people’s lives,” she added.
The “It’s Bigger Than Me” campaign will allow Queen Latifah to travel for conversations in cities such as Houston, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Queen Latifah wants to put more thought into the effect of obesity on health and spend less time blaming themselves for their body size. She found out that 41% of Americans are obese, including four out of five Black women.
She stated that she has fought to have a change in perspective over the past years.
The Equalizer star added that she had witnessed artists who have been one size before launching music only to rapidly transform their bodies when it’s time to promote their new releases that have become massive hits.
“When you’re someone that’s looking at that, it’s like ‘Ok, is this what I need to do next time I drop this album,'” she stated. “So, I contemplated that, and it really made me have a conversation with myself.”
Queen Latifah, who has lost a loved one due to obesity complications, stated that she has always considered the term to refer to someone who weighs hundreds of pounds and is immobilized.
So, she was surprised to learn from her trainer that she would be obese at one point. However, Queen Latifah stated that she’s okay with answering questions regarding her own weight journey on tour to divulge it all.
“One of the scariest things is watching people secretly do surgeries,” she stated of those who have been hesitant to disclose their weight journey to the public. “Because a lot of people feel alone when it comes to this topic. They deal with their emotions alone, they feel alone.”
The star wants to urge people to speak to their doctors and take the wheels to their health.
“Information is power,” she stated.