Queen Latifah Loses Weight, Keeps Job

Queen Latifah has a lot on her plate lately. Good thing for her, that’s just a figure of speech.

The rapper/actress/model, who’s hosting tonight’s People’s Choice Awards, has also renewed her agreement to serve as Jenny Craig’s celebrity spokesman through 2009, Us Magazine reports.

The 36-year-old multi-hyphenate, born Dana Elaine Owens, has lost 20 pounds on the program, which apparently impressed the Jenny Craig people enough to re-up her.

“We are proud of Queen Latifah’s achievements and are excited to continue the relationship,” announced Scott Parker, Vice President of Marketing for Jenny Craig, on Tuesday. “Queen Latifah embodies the healthy lifestyle principles and character that Jenny Craig stands for and we look forward to another great year.”

Though obviously happy with the arrangement herself, the royal diet shill admits that it’s been a struggle to keep off the extra pounds. “It’s probably portion size,” Latifah told Good Morning America last January. “I eat too much of everything I really love, and occasionally I like to have a nice cocktail.”

But maximum svelteness isn’t really her goal, anyway, Latifah says that she  started the program to ward off diabetes, not fit into a Size 0 dress. “This is not about losing weight. This is about health,”she says. “It’s not an image thing. I’m really content with my body image.”

Well, duh; anyone who’s ever seen her chilling out in Miami already knew that.