Actress Queen Latifah has candidly explained how her sense of identity has evolved over the years.
During an acceptance speech at the opening of TheGrio Awards in Beverly Hills, ‘The Equalizer’ star claimed she “didn’t know [she] was a girl” when she was younger, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“It all starts with family for me. My parents raised me with the idea that black is beautiful. Black is beautiful, black is beautiful. Black is okay,” explained the 52-year-old.
Queen Latifah continued, “You start saying it enough and you start believing me. And so I didn’t realize at the time that they were grooming me for the whole world.”
“I didn’t know I was a girl, in the beginning, I had to be told. It had to be explained to me… ’cause I was running around with my T-shirt off like boys… I wanted to play sports and all these things I had to explain because I was free,’ she continued. “And so my whole life would feel like I’m trying to maintain my Freedom I should be.”
For now, Latifah knows who she is. “I wear these beautiful gowns and dresses because I want to, because it’s part of me. I play in the dirt, I play basketball with the boys — ’cause that’s me. I love what I love because That is me. I know me. I know what I have done and what I have not done.”
The ‘End of the Road’ star later encouraged viewers, “I realize life is fleeting and you just have to do the best you can. Be as honest and genuine as you can be.
Queen Latifah continued, “Don’t go by what people are trying to tell you about you. it is not true. I said, don’t go by what people are trying to tell you.”