Queen Latifah: I hated when people called me a “tomboy”

Queen Latifah looks fresh-faced and spritely despite the early start for an appearance on the Good Morning America show

Queen Latifah was one of the major early contenders for last week’s “Who?” People Magazine “I’m Gay” reveal. It ended up being country singer Chely Wright, and I swear to God I just had to look that up again because I’m still all “Who?” Anyway, when the rumor started going around that a female celebrity was “finally” going to come out of the closet, many thought of none other than Queen Latifah. Personally, while I think Queen Latifah could totally be gay, I’ve yet to really see any definitive evidence of it, like an interview admission, or a woman who has come out and claimed “Yeah, Latifah and I were lovers.”

In any case, Latifah has a new (hetero) romantic comedy coming out this week called Just Wright. Common is in it… oohh, so is Pam “Cocaine Vagina” Grier! Yay! This might be a good one. Latifah was interviewed in this week’s Parade, and she talks about glass ceilings, being a tomboy (once again, not a real admission of lesbianism in my book), and getting the hook up from Common.

“I didn’t even see the damn glass ceiling. I just pushed up through it. I was the type of girl who fell on my face early. I learned how it felt to get rejected and get back up and dust myself off. I knew what it was to give it your all and find a way to work through it,” Latifah says.

Queen Latifah loves basketball, a sport that taught her how to play the game of life. Now, in Just Wright, the die-hard New York Nets fan gets to cheer for her favorite team and fall in love with the star player (played by rapper Common, in his first leading romantic role).

Latifah remembers the downside of growing up on the court. “I didn’t even know what a ‘tomboy’ was until people started calling me that,” she says. “I was like, ‘I’m not a boy.’ But I was a fighter. So it didn’t matter what they called me, I was always gonna kick butt and take names. My mom was very supportive and she said, ‘You’re not a tomboy. You’re just sports inclined.’

Helping Common live up to his hunky image.
“There were certain scenes where I was like, ‘Man, you’re that dude. Girls throw their selves all over you. Be that dude!’ Sometimes I would just pump him up, like gas, because he’s so humble. I’m like, man, ‘F that! You can turn back to that other guy after we finish filming.’”

As for their moment of on-screen passion.
“That’s what the movie is all about. It’s all about me having the opportunity to be in bed with Common. I mean, what’s this all for if I can’t hook that up? No, I’m just kidding. But it’s not a bad day of work. I just want everybody to know that we didn’t go for an R-rating.”

Sexy is in the eye of the beholder.
“I’ve always believed it’s not always what you look like, it’s who you are on the inside. Beauty from the inside out is something that I can connect with because that’s where you get your integrity and confidence.”

[From Parade]

What’s wrong with being called a tomboy? I get that people were probably calling her that as a derogatory name, but on face value, “tomboy” isn’t a bad name for girls at all. Some girls are tomboys. I was going to go on and on about how I think Latifah is a very empowering role model for young women, and then I read the synopsis of Just Wright. It pits two women against each other as they vie for Common’s character’s affections. From Metro Spirit: “[It’s a] romantic comedy about a pro-basketball player (Common) who suffers a potentially career-ending knee injury and becomes attracted to his physical therapist. Queen Latifah plays Leslie Wright, the no-nonsense physical therapist who vies with her stick-thin-and-gorgeous friend (Paula Patton) for the athlete’s attention.” Not feminist, Latifah. Also, it sounds a lot like The Truth About Cats and Dogs.

New York Premiere Of Just Wright

New York Premiere Of Just Wright

New York Premiere Of Just Wright

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  1. embertine says:

    She dresses like a crazy lady sometimes but I still totally would.


  2. MMS says:

    WTF is she wearing on her feet?

  3. lena says:

    I don’t understand why some people go on an on about her having to “come out” it’s nobody’s business who she is sleeping with.

  4. Victoria says:

    I love her, I think she looks great. She just ooozes personality and charisma. I dont care if she’s gay or a tomboy or both.

  5. Meg says:

    the whole idea of the film is that a girl who is not stick thin can ‘get the guy’
    that is a feminist-new idea

  6. Lala11_7 says:

    OOOHH…Shoe porn…EARLY IN THE MORN!!!

    And I don’t care what “orientation” Queen is…all I’m saying is this…

    I would probably get a “hook up” with her before my brother…(if you’re reading…call me!!!)and I’m a woman…w…o….m…a…n….let me say it again (okay…I won’t)…

    And…SO WHAT!!! I hope QL can run her private life the way she’s been running it…because…IT’S PRIVATE!!! I like that!!!

  7. Missfit says:

    I like her, she’s always has stayed thick and beautiful, she has a such a pretty face! Yet some people who are all for skinny people will automatically say someone “fat” in their eyes or not skinny is “ugly” and not attractive or sexy. I like her dress/shirt thing, it’s really cute. I was a tomboy too as a kid, it’s alright Latifah, lots of girls are.

  8. Joan says:

    I love Queen (or Dana :) ) and it doesn’t make a difference to me if she is a lesbian or not. I love her humour and her spunky attitude. It’s so nice to see her success! She is truly one of the most naturally beautiful women out there, and a curvy one to boot!

  9. Lway says:

    @ MMS :) lol. That was my first thought

    Looks like she climbed over 1875 and it got stuck :)

  10. Oenix says:

    She does have a certain “butchness” to her… when you’re a female child people call it “tomboy”… when you’re a grown woman people call it “lesbian”… doesn’t mean anything about your sexuality but it so happens that many (not all) such women are lesbian or bisexual.

    Queen Latifah is deliberately not allowing herself to be put in any sexual category because she knows that she is much more than her sexuality. She’s just not getting in that box no matter how much or how many times people try to shove her in it!

  11. canadianchick says:

    She’s sexy, minus the weird boots, also multi-talented. I’d hit it.

  12. Gwen says:

    I can understand her not wanting to be called a tomboy. The word implies that if you like sports or anthing besides dolls and dress-up you’re less than female.

    LOVE her outfit in the top picture!

  13. RHONYC says:

    you gotta give it to her stylist…

    queen latifah is the ‘queen’ of big-girl-sexy, hands down!

    her hair, makeup, skin and outfits on the red carpet are nothing short of flawless. always.

    she is truly a style icon for large & in charge gals.

    go ‘tifah!

    (“…i punched him dead in his eye…who you callin’ a b#tch!”)


  14. Alexa says:

    I was shocked when my bigotted, skinny-girl loving boyfriend (at the time) said he really thought she was “Hot” and “Totes humpable” (well, he didn’t say the actual words “totes humpable” – but that was his message). I just really like her . . . LOTS!

  15. Raven says:

    She’s definitely been heavier but she has a shape. She hasn’t let size or anyone’s view about her define her. Even when she worked for one of those weight-loss places she insisted it was about becoming healthier. She is a good role model.

  16. Oenix says:

    Wish Star Jones would have followed her lead “lose some, keep some”. There are people who do NOT look good skinny….

  17. Maritza says:

    I think she looks so pretty, except for the shoes, gay or not she looks great.

  18. Lanette says:

    She is great..people should stop calling her gay..leave her be.

  19. Sally says:


    I was labelled a ‘tomboy’ as a (female) child, and there was definitely nothing butch about me! The same goes for quite a few of my friends. I think it’s more to do with general interests than body type, to be honest.

  20. Sincerity says:

    Queen Latifah rocks! I can understand her frustration because she actually has the emotional depth to play more challenging roles; however, African American actresses are too easily “pigeon holed” in Hollywood which only serves to limits the variety of roles they’re offered. Personally, I don’t understand what a person’s sexual orientation has to do with their obvious talent. Perhaps if an actor/actress were staring in a “porn flick” such attributes may be important. Other than that, why should it matter? Give me a break!

  21. Tia says:

    she is totally gay. Her and her partner have been together for a long time. There are a lot of pics of them together. They are a very attractive couple. You are gayy.. so what…own it queen..Proudly!!