The queen sat down with the mag to talk her recent HBO movie Bessie, her past, and what she plans to conquer next.
What hasn’t she done already? Signed at the young age of 17, Latifah became one of the most conscious emcee’s of her time. She then went on to become an accomplished actress, producer, and overall businesswoman.
Today, the 47-year-old rapper turned media mogul sits atop a $100 million empire, Flavor Unit Entertainment (named for the group of emcees she belonged to at the start of her career).
“I felt like if I couldn’t say I was the best rapper — male or female — I wouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket,” she told Variety. “So it was always about trying to expand from the beginning, be it musically, business-wise, or other opportunities.”
There have been an overwhelming number of female African American beauty portraits gracing magazine covers this summer. Latifah’s striking Variety cover joins that of Beyonce (Vogue), Misty Copeland (Essence), Serena Williams (New York Magazine), Kerry Washington (Self), Willow Smith (I-G), and singer Ciara (Shape) on coffee tables across the country.