The New York Times featured a profile of Queen Latifah, "Her Highness Still Rules" recently. Though it's close to the standard puff piece, it does acknowledge The Queen's past mis-steps, strong will and canny business head.
Though I admire her talent, it's this photo that stayed with me, simple, almost severe, arresting. The shot, by Robert Maxwell, highlights her impeccable bone structure and signature burnished skin.
If you've seen her Jenny Craig pitch, she's "a size healthier" and has lowered her blood pressure 20 points.
Left and below, shots of Latifah in full "thick girl" (her term) mode: sassy, elegant, beacon of esteem for women larger than the average.
In an era of weight-obsession with the stick figure, I enjoy seeing a voluptuous woman take her place on the stage.