“Number one my mom — she’s super stylish, always has been,” Latifah tells PEOPLE of her top style icon. “And then I would say Iman … I just think she’s beautiful, she’s poised, she’s gorgeous. She’s also a great entrepreneur and she has a great sense of style, and she has longevity, and you know that’s what I would like to have for sure.”
And just like Iman, whose HSN collection has been a hit, Latifah says she’s designing for real women who want affordable, wearable fashion. “It’s really something you can incorporate into your existing wardrobe,” she says of the tops, jackets, jeans and handbags in the Queen Collection. “I mean these are things that are really beautiful, but they’re very wearable. We’re really trying to make sure that they have the best fabrics possible, that it feels good on the body. I’m a Pisces, I’m sensitive; I like things to feel good on my skin.”
Designed for women sizes 2 to 24, the collection is modeled after things the actress wants: “stylish clothes that fit my body, and make me look good and feel good about myself,” she says. “I wanted to offer basically the same things that I have the opportunity to have.”
And even though the Queen Collection clothes leave her looking great, Latifah says she still feels best in her birthday suit. “My friends call me ‘naked girl,'” she jokes, “because I’m most comfortable not wearing anything.” Tell us: Will you buy from the Queen Collection?
–Kim Peiffer, with reporting by Jazmyn Tuberville