American actress Queen Latifah recently opened up on her childhood and paid tribute to her parents for not raising her with gender stereotypes.
Many superb talents have graced Hollywood in recent years, and one of them is Queen Latifah, whose combination of humor and action makes a big name in the industry.
Looking at Latifah on the screen, one would see a free-minded talent, bold without a sense of gender restrictions. These traits are down to her upbringing.
Queen Latifah attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images
In a recent interview, the "Equalizer" star opened up on her childhood and how it affected her person and led her to have the career she now enjoys.
Latifah revealed that her parents instilled a sense of confidence and boldness in her, to go for anything she wants without being worried about her gender.
Her inspiring upbringing meant that the world had lost its power to define Latifah. Instead, she was taught never to see herself from the eyes of others but to craft a unique identity for herself.
The 50-year-old noted that her parents tried to make her strong at a young age, and growing up for her meant she was free to pursue any interest of her choice.
Although Latifah is super tight when it comes to her private life, her fans are happy she has love around her.
During the interview, Latifah reflected on an aspect of her childhood that left a strong impression on her. She revealed that her parents, Rita Owens and Lancelot Owens Sr., raised her and her brother, Lancelot Jr., with equal love and opportunities.
She remarked that her father specifically ensured that she did not see herself as lesser than a man. He taught her how to fight and included her in her brother's taekwondo class.
Her upbringing made her aware of her abilities, and she began to see herself as able. She also revealed that her mom was responsible for creating a Queen out of her and helped curb her excesses.
The 50-year-old said she would never trade her upbringing for anything else because it is solely responsible for the success she has enjoyed, including making her competitive.
A few years ago, Latifah lost her mother, who was battling a heart condition, but she has also found love and a family of her own from where she draws strength.
The couple reportedly shares a child together who they named Rebel. Although Latifah is super tight when it comes to her private life, her fans are happy she has love around her.
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