Ever since “Ladies First” hit the radio, Queen Latifah has made it clear she was about making bold statements through her voice and through her fashion. From the moment she entered hip-hop, we all paid attention to what the Queen said and what she wore. Her style journey has inspired many plus size women, including myself. For the plus size community, Latifah is one of very few plus size celebrities who never allowed her size to hold her back from looking jaw-dropping amazing.

So for all of the full-figured women out there, take a cue from these six style lessons we can learn from the Queen herself.

1. Color-blocking Can Define Your Shape

A properly color-blocked dress can help create the illusion of a shapely figure by slimming your waist and streamlining your hips.

2. Thigh-High Splits Are Sexy and Demure

Latifah loves a gown with a thigh-high split when she hits the red carpet. It’s perfect for revealing just the right amount of skin.

3. One-shoulder, Asymmetrical Cut Dresses Flatten Large Chests

Latifah has always represented for women with a large bosom. For her red carpet looks, she almost always goes for a one shoulder, asymmetrical dress.

4. Add Femininity to a Pantsuit by Wearing a Corset or Bustier

Purposefully pushing up the girls will help eliminate any bulky appeal a pantsuit can add to a full figure.

5. Ruching Helps to Slim Your Shape

Focus on dresses that have ruching going inward around your stomach area for a smooth effect, or up your thigh for a slimming look.

6. Don’t Be Afraid of Bold Prints

They’re for everyone. The point is to find a print that doesn’t overwhelm your body type. If you’re still timid, start with a very small print and build your confidence to go bold.

Melanie Yvette Martin