COVER STORY SNEAK PEEK: The Reign of Queen Latifah

10/25/2007 at 06:40 PM EDT

COVER STORY SNEAK PEEK: The Reign of Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah has come full circle. After feeling awkward about her buxom build growing up, these days she says she couldn't be happier – and not just about her body. As PEOPLE reports in its latest cover story on newsstands Friday, Latifah feels more confident than ever about her sexuality, her mentality and views about life.

In a wide-ranging interview, Latifah gives the royal treatment to topics like:

Her breast-reduction surgery ...

"It took me about a year and half to really do it. I didn't want to get it. But I had lost 25 lbs. and my breasts didn't go anywhere! I was still carrying that load. I didn't quite want them to be this small. [laughs] I was a little p----- about that."

Big being beautiful ...

"It's good for regular girls because the meter [for beauty] has been a slim white girl. Beauty is not just a white girl. It's so many different flavors and shades. [In Hollywood] we've definitely gotten better with body type. It used to be just me!"

Being a commitment-phobe ...

"I'm working on it! I'm getting a little commitment therapy. I just never placed any expectations on a relationship to go but so far. Everyone is fallible. Somebody's going to make a mistake. But at the same time a part of me always wanted to grow up, get married and have kids. So it's like you're torn between two places."

For more on this story, including Latifah's thoughts on staying grounded in her 20s and sexy in her 30s, pick up this week's PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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