In or Out: Queen Latifah in David Meister

Posted on January 12, 2012

Not quite WERQ-worthy, but we still did a tiny gay gasp when these pictures showed up. Alas, our euphoria was short-lived.


Queen Latifah attends the premiere of “Joyful Noise” in LA in a David Meister dress paired with Sutra earrings.

David Meister Ruched Long Sleeve Dress

First, the good things. Hair and makeup? You go and get it, girl! She looks very pretty. We also really love this color on her and the shape of the dress is perfect for her. This concludes the complimentary portion of our program.

We think she needed to do one of two things, but probably both of them: Go up a size, and find better foundation garments. She’s not supported as well as she could be on the latter front, but that’s not helped by the fact that she looks fit to burst from certain angles. For a lot of women of size, the best thing they can do is look for outfits that define their shape or give them one when they don’t have one. That’s why this dress is such a good choice for her. But it’s counterproductive if it’s too tight. One size up would have made all the difference in the world.

Also, we hate the shoes. That brown seems all wrong to us. The same shoe in black would have a much more dramatic effect. It’s like she starts off great at the top and gradually gets worse as you go down.


Vote Now!


IN! The good outweighs the bad from where I’m sitting; she’s GORGE!

OUT! Close, but no cigar, girl.


Poor Julie Bowen and her gift bag dress got positively shredded by the Bitter Kittens yesterday, who rose up as one and voted it OUT.

[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos,]

    • Anplica Fiore

      The bad outweighs the good on this outfit by a smidge.  out.  :(

    • foodycat

      IN – she’s Queen fucking Latifah and I don’t care if the shoes look like a 1970s vinyl car seat. Which they do.

    • Anonymous

      In, although I agree with what you said about better foundation garments.  The second picture of her shows how great her hair and make-up are, but the full length pictures, especially the next to last one show the poor fit.

    • Erin

      Aw, ladies, this is a tough one.  I have that body shape and size, and I know how hard it is to dress this bitch.  Plus, I wonder if she had an up-size available to her.  I’m going to say the good outweighs the bad and give her an IN.

      • Jessie Melcher Brown

        With her money?  I’m sure she could get a larger size or a similar dress in the right size.  As a BBW myself I know I always look better in clothes that fit.

        • Erin

          I was thinking of a loaner dress, but you’re right, if she’s willing to buy it she could get a better fit.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the same thing — that she might be at the top of the size range if it’s a loaner. I’m sure if she wanted to have a dress custom-made they could do it for her, but we don’t know if this was a loaner or a purchase.

      • Anonymous

        I honestly think this is the right size for her – the dress is clearly made to be clingy, and an unfortunate fact of being plus-sized (I speak from experience) is that a clingy dress will always have some problem areas.  I also think that her foundation garments are doing their job, since she doesn’t seem to be at all jiggly in these photos.  Either way, I agree that she should get an IN because she’s really working it.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Every queenly bit of her.

    • Gus Casals

      Mmm, I see the bad, it still is an IN. This is one of those cases where I have to blame the pics: the first photograph is really, really unflattering. 

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm tough call.
      The color is great.  But the dress makes her butt look so flat. Which is not an easy feat -so I have to go with OUT.
      And I have to disagree -I kind of like the bronze/brown shoe. I think black would have been too harsh. 

    • Dave Carter

      In – you are right with your critiques, of course, but she still somehow pulls it off. Perhaps something to do with being QUEEN LATIFAH.

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU for mentioning her foundations. Her boobs are making me sad. Awesome color, though. OUT for me, begrudgingly.

    • Richard Harper

      I agree with everything you said.  But she’s still IN.

    • ecallaw

      IN.  I concur regarding the size and the foundation garments, but I actually like the shoes.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree on the shape of this dress being a good choice for her.

      When you have  bigger belly (as do I), I think having some illusion of having a waist or at least not having the bottom (skirt or pants) very narrow is not the most flattering look.  (this is why whenever Kors goes off on NO WOMAN would want a dress that makes her hips look wider – I want to smack some sense into him!)

      Her makeup looks great and her hair looks great (although seems to remind me of Beyonce and JLo)

      • Anonymous

        I absolutely agree with you here!  I was a little shocked this shape was declared “perfect” for her, it is NOT!  More volume on the bottom to create a waist or a straight simple sheath.  Which she has done with enormous success often.  But that gathered, draping detail is just wrong.

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm…. I see your points.  I do think the good outweighs the bad here, though. In

    • Anonymous

      In. I agree that the fit isn’t perfect but she still looks fine as heck.

    • Zula Khramov

      I still think she looks great, cause big or not, proportions is what matters, and she’s well proportioned. Undergarments, yeas, but your face wouldn’t look as happy after a couple of hours in spanks… shoes are blending with her leg tone, and therefore create a seamless effect, elongate them, concentrating the focus on the dress color which is very flattering on her, and unusual choice on the red carpet.  Or may be it’s just cause I love her a lot…

      • Shannon Stewart

        Any dress that requires Spanx goes back to the store at my house — those things suck. 

    • Joyce VG

      I say IN!  Barely.  A size up would have been grand but apparently The Queen was feeling confident.  You last pic shows her matching pedicure…that is either funny or tragic.

    • Anonymous

      These pictures aren’t too bad, but I saw one on another site (People, maybe?) that was a full frontal shot and she looked pregnant, unfortunately. A better size and better undergarments were definitely called for here, though that color is fab.

    • lilibetp

      Yeah, I’m gonna have to go with “In” from about just below the neckline up, and “Out” from that point downward.

    • Judy S

      I’m giving her an IN. I actually don’t like that dress at all; I think that its essence is to be too tight.  She looks confident and beautiful and I just can’t say she is out.

    • Megan

      IN, no question. She’s thisclose to a WERQ.

    • Anonymous

      She got so much right with this look that I want to give her an IN, but alas, I can’t.  The unsupported boobs and no tummy control make this an OUT.

    • Sara__B

      The color is stunning and she looks happy and confident. I agree that the fit isn’t the best, and the fabric is too clingy, but she’s working it, so IN.

    • Stella Zawistowski

      I bet she looked FAB in person but then the slightly shiny jersey fabric combined with flash photography to create the illusion of needing to go up a size. Plus the hair and makeup are indeed fab. So I’m going with IN.

    • Anonymous

      the dress is not exactly to my taste, but still, IN! and i love the shoes, the colour goes wonderfully with the dress and her complexion.

    • Stan

      Oh T & Lo , hate to disagree, but she looks good.  NOt fantastic, but perfectly acceptable.  And, you need to put down the PR Judge Special Reserve Crack Pipe re: the shoes.  Every time someone is wearing black peeptoe pumps on the RC, you roll your eyes and bitch out the stylists for having no imagination. Here she goes with brown and you say the same shoe in black (a peep toe pump) would be fierce…  I’m just saying.

      • Anonymous

        I posted a the following comment separately before seeing your post, so wanted to re-post as a reply to increase the chance you’d see it and encourage discussion…

        I knew TLo would hate the shoes, because that shade of brown on an
        African American woman is the rough equivalent of the silly-putty-pump
        color against a white gal’s skin. Not an exact match, but too close to
        be all that interesting.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Mostly good, although not a perfect fit. The shoes don’t bother that much, but I do agree that black would have looked better.

    • Anonymous

      I knew TLo would hate the shoes, because that shade of brown on an African American woman is the rough equivalent of the silly-putty-pump color against a white gal’s skin. Not an exact match, but too close to be all that interesting.

    • Susan Collier

      In. You make valid points, but not enough to steer this into Outland.

    • Anonymous

      The Queen is IN. Almost a Queenly WERQ.

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    • Anonymous

      It looks really nice from the front, ill-fitting from the sides.  It’s the right IDEA, just not executed well. Love the color!

    • Anonymous

      I love her, but out.

    • Anonymous

      Completely unrelated to the topic at hand but OMG BAJA FRESH. So good!! The one by me just closed and I’m heartbroken.

    • Anonymous

      In but just barely.

    • MilaXX

      In but barely, It’s not the nest she’s ever looked, but it’s not a complete dud. I am however, beginning to think David Meister is the go to designer for gals with curves.

    • Anonymous

      Out.  She looks as if she’s wearing a theatre curtain.

    • Anonymous

      In.  The dress is snug , but not under the abdomen or under the butt cheek , which looks really tacky in my opinion. Her foundation is pretty smooth no buckles or bumps. The bust looks a little wonky where she is twisting, but that’s apt to happen on anybody. Love the color and the nude shoes at least match her, so good on that . 

    • Anonymous

      Ditto eveyrone else. But critiques aside, I’m going with IN.

    • Anonymous

      I want to love it! I really do! But I just don’t think this dress is doing all it could for her. OUT.

    • Lauren St Martin

      Out. Ish.

    • Anonymous

      Out. She looks much better in fabric that has a bit more structure to it.

    • Anonymous

      In.  I almost always see her as In because she’s just so damn pretty and I love her smile.

    • Anonymous

      IN. Really love it, actually.

    • Anonymous

      She looks absolutely radiant, and I’m ok with the shoes, which because they echo her caramel skin and hair make her look soo statuesque.  But yes, the fatal flaw is my absolute inability to stop examining her foundation garments.  Whatever the fix, it should result in me not even thinking about how she got her shape.  In these pics, I’m way to aware of her undersitch.  But love you Queenie!   

    • Tadiana Walton Jones

      In, mostly for the fantastic color and draping on her and great hair/makeup. The shoes are a little off but I still like them better than I would have liked black.

    • Anonymous

      Agree with everything TLo said, but awarding an a lower case ‘in’.

      Is David Meister the new lady-of-size designer-to-the-stars? (Please don’t carry on about the size reference; I am one.)

    • Anonymous

      I agree with eveything you said, but IN for me.  Her confidence tips the scales for me.

    • Cheri Lee

      Gorgeous dress but like you said the foundation garments ruin the entire look.

    • erin l.

      In. I think she looks amazing, though I agree with going up a size.

    • marilyn

      in.  I think the good outweighs the bad.  Immediate problem:  The dress is twisted so the ruching seam trails down between her legs.  It should be straightened so it goes down the side of her right leg, like the model wears it.  That would upgrade it from messy and a little slutty to great.  I don’t care about her shoes.

    • G

      It’s a very sad “out” vote I cast, because she looks so proud of herself – lovely face.  What I DO like is the model.  FANTASTIC!!! She is not a stick.  She is a real woman.  That’s an IN.

    • Anonymous

      The fit is bad here, so despite the great color and hair/makeup, she’s OUT

    • Anonymous

      overall, I’m on the In side.

    • Anonymous

      She definitely looks good enough to be IN.  Also, I like the shoes with this outfit.  Like some other readers, I think black shoes would have been too harsh.

    • Claudia Gilbert

      I’m liking the brown over black choice; its not as obvious and still works for me.  It looks like she is wearing a spanx-type underthing, but maybe THAT’S too small and giving her bulges?  No, she’s not as svelte as she could be, but I think she looks really great here.  In.

    • Anonymous

      Totally love the Queen, and she has been turned out on her last few runway appearances.  But this look is a fail.  I hate the dress–it’s pure South Philly living room drapes (the ones you keep closed at all times to prevent fading of the furniture…), it’s too shiny, and yes, it’s too small.  It makes her look fat instead of big and busty.  Therefore, sadly, out.

      Regroup, Dana–I know you’ll do better next time!

    • MandyJane

      In, the good outweighs the bad.

    • Anonymous

      Out. Once again, I have to admit I grade on a curve. Few people give me shivers of delight on the red carpet as delightfully and consistently as Queen Latifah. She makes me feel good about bigness. She defines my happy place.

      But this is not that. This is a slip in the wrong direction for someone who could compete with Queen Helen Mirren for fanfuckingtasticness. This is an eensy bit frumpy.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll give her an IN.  The shoes aren’t ideal, but they’re not offensively either.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve got a tummy myself, and if I go up a size it totally throws off the proportions of the dress.  Thinner fabrics are particularly unforgiving, but you miss out on a lot of variety if you decide never to wear them!  I think it’s refreshing to see someone not packed into a foundation garment that makes their size 14 waist a size 6 – it can look nice, but it’s sort of artificial to me, like corsets.  Color is great and she is werqing it!  In!

    • Anonymous

      Sadly, I must give my fantasy BFF an marginal OUT.  Dana, I’m so sorry!  CAll me, we can do lunch and talk about it.  personally, I don’t think that gathering/draping detail is ever a good idea on anyone.  Total Lily Munster….. in any size.

    • Anonymous

      She’s in. 

    • JillK

      Sometimes I think you guys have no idea what “one size up” actually means on a woman’s body. I’m betting “one size up” in this dress probably hung on her like a loose-fitting drape. The zipper down the back likely hung away from her body and she could grab fistfuls of fabric at the belly in “one size up.”

      I think the size is probably just fine for her, if she had had better shapewear under it. But even so, she still looks fabulous — IN!

      • Anonymous

        True about ‘one size up’ being a crapshoot as to exactly where & by how much that ‘one size’ happens.  But this event was not impromptu and she has plenty of money to have a dress altered or custom made, especially since anything she wears to these events is probably a business expense.

        I’ll grant you that she (like a lot of the more interesting of the red carpet celebrities who juggle multiple work roles) may not want to invest the time and money into custom-fitting dresses they may only wear once, but I wish they would.

        (edited to approximate standard English grammar)

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    • Anonymous

      OUT. It isn’t just the fit for me. I’m just not really fond of the dress itself.

    • Anonymous

      In.  I love this color on her, but I agree about foundational garments.  To me, though, I the dress fits.

    • Anonymous

      Please don’t kill me, but that dress is simply not flattering.  She needs more structure in the tummy.

    • Anonymous

      In for the head shot alone.  She looks gorgeous and totally comfortable so I think the dress is fine.  

    • Stephen Bornstein

      Give the sister an IN…she’s the damn Queen afterall…she’s makin’ it werq.

    • Pam Winters

      IN. I wouldn’t have guessed this dress to look good on her body type, but it mostly works. I rather want it myself, but I don’t have her height and therefore might not get away with it. Oh, that color…I’m all over it lately.

    • Denise Alden

      “For a lot of women of size, the best thing they can do is look for
      outfits that define their shape or give them one when they don’t have
      one.”  Preach it, brothers!  If I had a dime every time I thought or said this . . .

    • Anonymous

      Yes, she definitely needed to go up a size. I’m shocked, because she always dresses so beautifully.

    • Vickie Driver

      IN.  Always.

    • Anonymous

      little “in” for this look. Big “IN” if she goes up a size in the dress.  I just love her.

    • Trevor Burroughs

      I hate to say it, but OUT.  She looks almost preggers in that dress.

    • Jane Morris

      I think it’s a little boring for someone who has “Queen” tattooed into her name.

    • Martha Deutsch

      IN. Good outweighs the bad, mostly because I just like her and think she’s cute no matter what.

    • vmcdanie

      Out. I love her so it pains me to say it but everything from about the waist down is wrong. The cut of the skirt is too softer side of Sears, in addition to its other problems that you’ve already pointed out. She looks beautiful if you just look at her face, though.

    • Anonymous

      Mmmmm…. Out. I do think she looks happy and lovely from the neck up, and her shape is fine as far as I’m concerned, and the color is nice on her. It’s just that this dress looks so damn dated. I could have found its twin in any department store 10 years ago. Of course, that’s partly due to the fact that women of size get virtually nothing from the fashion industry. *sigh*

    • DonKno

      IN. This is still so much better than what a lot of others have shown on the carpet.

    • Anonymous

      Out. What tipped the decision for me was that in at least two of the photos she doesn’t look comfortable – and she normally carries herself confidently as if she’s perfectly good with who she is, how she appears, she can breathe, she can walk in her shoes, and nothing hurts.  Something on that list is not the case.

    • Anonymous

      ly thing I like her is the color of the dress. She has too much hair, it is too light – why do also divas think they need big blondish hair?

    • Anonymous

      Not perfect but I think she looks great. And I like the shoes. IN!

    • Anonymous

      I love the dress, I think the colour is gorgeous, but I’m not sure how I feel about it on Her Majesty. The shoes definitely don’t do anything.

      But I’m unhelpfully indecisive here. Once again, I feel I have to declare it Oun, or maybe Iut.

    • Anonymous

      All valid points, bit I still count this one IN.  The Queen is looking good.

    • CQAussie

      I vote her IN – even though she should have gone a size up.  

    • Anonymous

      I think she is absolutely one of the most beautiful women anywhere, but I don’t like this dress on her.  The color is pretty, but I don’t like the dress on the model, either.

    • Nellie Wilson

      Although I agree that the fit and foundation garments aren’t quite right, she still gets an IN. 

    • Anonymous

      Out.  She’s a beautiful woman and she has looked a lot better than this.

    • e jerry powell

      The bottom half was shot from a really horrible angle in the first shot.  I think the slit is supposed to drop from the right hip, but it looks like it’s down the center, which makes it look as if her lady bits are trying to eat the dress from the hem up.

    • Emily

      In.  Love huh.

    • Anonymous

      Oh it hurts because I love you, Queen Latifah, but OUT.

    • AWStevens

      Sad.  I agree with all of your critique TLo. 


    • Anonymous

      Difficult to agree with the size issue. The fabric in this dress appears to be a knit with a healthy proportion of spandex. Going up a size might look better but it might just droop unattractively. As for foundation garments, I think most of them end up causing bulges where they end why is even more unattractive. I’d say she’s done well. IN

    • Anonymous

      IN IN IN IN IN

    • Barbora

      IN for me…

    • Lisa

      She looks fabulous EXCEPT for the dress – and therein lies the problem!

    • Anonymous

      I gotta say Out….now, what did Dolly wear?????

    • Anonymous

      IN. Though I don’t love the dress I love the color, and her hair and makeup are great.

    • Andrea

      IN – totally and completely. She celebrates her curves – a size up would hide them. Which would be a shame.

    • Anonymous

      The level of control looks uncomfortable.  Her naval is visible in one shot.  The dress is too small.

      But somehow I cannot do it.  She shouldn’t get an in.  But I can’t give her an out.  Call me if there’s a tie and I’ll cast a vote if I have too.

    • penn collins

      From the side this is breath-taking, from the front…ugh….


    • Anonymous

      OUT.  Nice hair and makeup, but I HATE that dress.  I hate everything about it from the color to the shape to the design.  Hate, hate, hate.  It should be ripped off of her and burned in the street.

    • Anonymous

      You know, I’m going to give her an IN.  Makeup and hair is fab as always.  The color of the dress is flattering.  She has a hard body to fit and the dress isn’t a bad choice but the size is wrong.   Now as the for shoes….  Memo to starlets, the nude shoes are Freakishly Ugly.   Get it through your thick pretty skulls.

    • Anonymous

      I’m gonna say in, but agree with the aforementioned criticisms…

    • Anonymous

      It’s close here but I love me some Queen Latifah and I’m going to say the good outweighs the bad and give her an IN.

    • Paula Berman

      The titscrepancy is distracting… OUT.

    • myblackfriendsays

      It doesn’t fit. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      I think shiny fabrics are also tough when you are not extremely thin and probably even worse in photographs.  I will give her the benefit of the doubt and say IN because I like her hair, makeup, and the color of the dress, and I really like her.

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    • Vera

      She looks great, and I like the shoes, but is brown the black woman’s version of nude?  IN

    • Anonymous

      Hmmmm, I dunno. I’d say this dress isn’t for her and I’m not sure it’s a size issue. Looks like a clingy dress and not everyone can pull those off. It’s not horrid, though. Lukewarm OUT.

    • RzYoung

      Hmm, i would say it’s a Monet and thus and IN from me

    • Anonymous

      It’s not the size so much, in fact a bigger size would probably just hang off her shoulders and still be clingy in the wrong places.
      The fabric is clingy, it’s designed to be tight at any size and not to drape off the body. It’s just as tight on the model (apart from on the sleeves, but it’s rare to find anything where they grade up the sleeves in proportion to the size).

      I avoid that shiny jersey fabric like the plague, unless it’s really draped loosely. You can just about get away with it in black but otherwise it highlights everything it touches.

    • Sorana Tarmu

      She looks very feminine. IN.

    • Anonymous

      I like it from the waist up.  But from some angles, that ruching makes it look like she got it caught in her underpants.

    • Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

      I vote IN. I agree the fit is not perfection but it’s close enough. And I love this woman’s attitude! She looks so happy and comfortable in her skin here, which not everyone with curves manages to do. Long may she reign!

    • Samantha

      I gotta say in. It’s not perfect but I think she looks pretty damn good and c’mon, she’s Queen Latifah.

    • Anonymous

      OUT. I hate the color on her actually (maybe its the orange foundation) HATE that hair on her

    • Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

      IN! I love the look and the color is fantastic!

    • oohsparkley!

      In.  I think she looks great.  I don’t think the dress is too small, I think it was made that way and going bigger would have just made things droopier.  The color is fabulous on her.  Ok maybe it is a touch too small.  Maybe she had a big lunch.

    • Rachel Lee

      Maybe not a werq, but definitely an In for me. I don’t think better foundation garments would have helped, and I think the size is fine on her. The ruching looks a little cheap to me. 

    • Anonymous

      did you look at that hair up close?  either her extensions are the wrong color or she needs to do her roots or something because that area up by the part looks skanky.  also seems to be some flaky product residue lurking about. 

    • Charlotte Horseman

      More right than wrong – it’s a great dress.  She looks beautiful – IN!

    • Anonymous

      From certain angles (as in far-away), this dress looks pretty smashing on her. Get close up and you notice that the ruching isn’t doing what it is intended to. Additionally, the shoes are disconnected form the rest of the outfit. IN, because we don’t usually get close up and notice how all the details aren’t working.

    • jnmnr

      Bad, bad, bad. Doesn’t she have a dresser? If she does, fire his ass.

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    • Anonymous Posting

      after reading it –

      gay men have absolutely ZERO sense when it comes to telling women how to dress.

      • Tom and Lorenzo