Queen Latifah talks overcoming alcoholism and loving herself
Queen Latifah makes no bones about who she is, inside and out, and as she explains in the January issue of Good Housekeeping, that honest approach has helped fuel decades of success.
"I was not born a size 2. I'm not skinny, period. I'm not willing to sleep with the director or step on somebody else's neck to get the job," she declares, adding that she hasn't been a "typical" fit, looks-wise, for many of the positions she's held in her life. But by "accentuating the positive and eliminating as much negative as possible," Latifah says she's managed to build a satisfying career and personal life.
"I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side — hating your body and criticizing yourself all the time," she muses. "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."
Not that she didn't struggle. In 1992, the singer and actress' brother was killed in an accident while driving the motorcycle she had given him. She was devastated and turned to booze to deal with the pain. "Every day I would be faded, like a painting that's just not vibrant, whose edges are dull,' she recalls. "I wasn't living my full life."