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Queen Latifah: Fashion fans need respect

Queen Latifah thinks fashion has always lacked "respect" for plus-size women.

The actress-and-singer has created a new clothing range for Home Shopping Network which is available in US sizes 2 to 24. She was determined to ensure her collection was made in larger sizes as she knows some women struggle to find stylish pieces.

"There's always been [a lack of options] and there's been a lack of respect for the women who wear that clothing, in my opinion," she told The Cut. "I just don't think people deal in a certain reality and I'm just not that person, and I don't think high fashion or great fashion should be relegated to just the skinny girls. I think we should all have an opportunity to look good and I just want everyone to feel good."

Latifah thought hard when creating her line. She made her shirts stretchy so they were flattering no matter what size the wearer is and tried to make things sexy without being too revealing.

The star has always been interested in fashion and is happy to see it's becoming more diverse. She hopes more black models make it big over the coming years though, as she thinks there still aren't enough gracing the catwalks.

The 41-year-old also touched on some more light-hearted topics in the interview. She spoke about Britain's Prince William's new wife the Duchess of Cambridge. Although Latifah is a fan of Catherine's polished look, she'd love to see her in something more edgy.

"I'd probably give her a pair of my skinny moto jeans and a fresh moto jacket with a cool tank, and I'd probably get her a nice pair of Ralph Lauren boots, throw her on a cool-ass motorcycle and tell her to go. But that's just me. I'm standing in New York, looking over the city, and I like to see a little ruggedness," she laughed.

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