by Dorothy Rowley
(NNPA)—Rapper-turned-A-list actress—and now entrepreneur—Queen Latifah has launched a partnership with the Home Shopping Network, which will showcase an exclusive line of apparel and accessories for women of all sizes.
The New Jersey native’s venture with the shopping giant offers clothing items under $100, with leather outerwear and bags ranging between $170 and $300.
The line debuts in late August and will also feature a variety of other products including leggings, jeans, and clip-on hair extensions, according to the Huffington Post.
“I wanted to make something size two and up. The truth is, we all would like to wear the same clothes. We all want to wear beautiful, fly clothes no matter what size you are, and so for me it was important to match with a company that understood and respected that ideal,” Latifah, 41, said in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily.
While adding that she abhors the term, “plus-size,” Latifah—whose real name is Dana Owens—said she waited for the right partner to come along that would allow her to reach a broader range of women.
“I felt the marketplace didn’t respect [larger women] in the way it should,” Latifah said. “I was not going to step out with a clothing line that didn’t respect a fuller-figured woman or a curvaceous woman, and really all women.”