Queen Latifah

By EW Staff
Updated June 19, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Queen Latifah: Carlo Dalla Chiesa/Corbis Outline

Queen Latifah made EW’s It List

Age 33

Why Her? After more than a decade in TV and movies, the rap artist took command of the screen in ”Chicago” and — in the time it took to belt out ”When You’re Good to Mama” — forced audiences to see her again for the first time. An Oscar nomination and a leading role in ”Bringing Down the House” were just icing on the cake.

Best Job ”’Saturday Night Live.’ You have no idea how intense it is to do that show. You’ve got a minute and 30 seconds to change from one costume to the next. You’ve got four people tugging on you, putting a wig on you, and then you’re running to another set.”

Worst Advice ”Anytime somebody told me I had to take my clothes off to do something, that’s bulls—. Maybe I’ll show a little cleave, but I’m not getting naked…. And anyone who told me to lose weight, they can pretty much kiss my ass, because I look like real people. When I look at the rooms I’ve been in, the Golden Globes and the Oscars, I feel like I’ve come a long way to be a normal girl in this business.”

Next An album due this year, ”First Love”; a cameo in ”Barbershop 2,” which will be a launching pad for her own movie, ”Beauty Shop.”