HERSource is bringing in Women’s History Month with a fun photo series featuring some of the most legendary women in Hip Hop. In celebration of the ladies’ contributions to the music and culture, we revamped their iconic images featuring different models for a new editorial shoot we’ll be rolling out each day this week.

We’re wrapping up the series today [Friday, March 18] with the honorable Queen Latifah—on her birthday, no less!

  • Origin: Newark, New Jersey
  • Associated Acts: A Tribe Called Quest, Monie Love, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, MC Lyte and Naughty by Nature.
  • Albums: All Hail the Queen (1989), Nature of a Sista (1991), Black Reign (1993), Order in the Court (1998), The Dana Owens Album (2004), Trav’lin Light (2007), Persona (2009)
  • Honors/Awards: The “Queen of Jazz-Rap,” sold two million records worldwide, first female Hip Hop artist nominated for an Oscar, Grammy Award, (6) Nominations, Golden Globe Award, (2) Screen Actors Guild Award-(2) Nominations, (2) Emmy Award Nominations, (2) NAACP Image Awards-(13) Nominations, Academy Award Nomination.

Model: Brittney Crush

What is your favorite song by Queen Latifah

“U.N.I.T.Y.” I feel invincible when I hear that song.

What did you like most about her?

I love that she was passionate in what she believed in. Too many people live their lives trying not to step on toes. If you stand for something be firm, regardless of their opinion. I learned that from the queen.

Q: What do you think Latifah did for Hip Hop?

A: I think she was a huge part of Hip Hop’s history, both as a talented emcee and as an influential woman. She used Hip Hop as a way to empower. 

Creative Director: Venus Rose
Fashion Director: Alexis Nadira
MUA: Kiara Nazaire
Photographer: Kirk McGurk
Asst. Stylist: Ariana Jones

[Look 1]
Orange Turban – SUNDAWSON
Pink Feather Necklace – Diaja
Sheer Button-up – Sundawson Archives
Black Shades – Rainbow
Black Trouser – Express
Bra – Lane Bryant