Queen Latifah Building Respect for the 'Curvaceous Woman'

12/07/2011 at 09:00 AM ET

Queen Latifah Essence
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Her clothing line for HSN is selling like crazy, but Queen Latifah says finding clothes as a plus-size woman was at one time a constant struggle.

“A lot of manufacturers don’t respect the curvaceous woman,” she laments in the January issue of ESSENCE. “They don’t respect our dollar or our shape.” Thankfully, she’s found an understanding vendor in HSN. “[It's] been such a great partnership,” she says. “I’m happy to make women’s clothing I really like.”

In August, Latifah told PEOPLE she was designing for real women who want affordable, wearable fashion. “It’s really something you can incorporate into your existing wardrobe,” she said of the tops, jackets, jeans and handbags in the Queen Collection. “I mean these are things that are really beautiful, but they’re very wearable. We’re really trying to make sure that they have the best fabrics possible, that it feels good on the body. I’m a Pisces, I’m sensitive; I like things to feel good on my skin.”

Designed for women sizes 2 to 24, the collection is everything the actress wants: “stylish clothes that fit my body, and make me look good and feel good about myself,” she shared. “I wanted to offer basically the same things that I have the opportunity to have.”

Latifah, known for singing, acting, hosting and now designing, says her many talents are making the way for comparisons to a fellow jack-of-all-trades. “People say I’m going to be the next Oprah,” she shares with ESSENCE. “No. Oprah is still Oprah. I’ll be the next me. I feel like there’s always a lane for me as long as I’m true to myself.” For more with Latifah, visit ESSENCE.com.

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Sarah on

I agree with BR…She’s beautiful inside and out!

SW on

I agree with others here. While I love and respect her for her work and the effort she is making for plus-size women why are the models modeling her clothes a size 2? It is just not here that I see that but on every online plus size clothing store I visit! There is no way to tell what a size 16 would look like on you when a size 2 model is wearing it. Heck anyone a size 2 is going to look great in ANYTHING! Lets see some real models please! At least show us a size 12 or 14 model.

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You on

I LOVE her. She is so awesome, honest, sincere and beautiful! Finally a woman who embraces her curves and is helping other curvy woman find clothes that don’t look like tarps or moo-moos! She is a Queen to me!

TCS on

Why are the women modeling her clothes all skinny, curveless women? And, can you repect my dollar a little more by not making the stuff so expensive?

Cass on

Just checked out this collection, $49.90 for a long sleeve tshirt. How is that affordable for the every day working mother? Besides the price, everything looks super cute.

Tammie on

I was so happy to see that there is a line of clothing for larger women. I respect that Queen Latifah wanted to make it easier for the plus size woman to find decent clothing at an affordable price. Then I went to HSN & saw that there really isn’t anything affordable. So sad.

Your Favorite Hag on

Her designs never turned my crank.

Isn’t she with a new girlfriend?

Roll it on

She such a beautiful woman. Love her. Just goes to show you don’t need to be pencil thin.

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