The world not only lost the Queen of Soul, but a shade queen as well.
Aretha Franklin passed away at her home in Detroit on Thursday, and the world not only lost the Queen of Soul, but a shade queen as well.
There was the time she clapped back at a New York Post columnist who assumed how Aretha related to her bosom.
In 1993 NY Post columnist Liz Smith wrote: "[Aretha Franklin] must know she’s too bosomy to wear such clothing, but… https://t.co/K9AuPdktPb— Letters of Note (@Letters of Note) 1534428888
Perhaps the most satisfying of all is what Aretha had to say about Taylor Swift.
In 2014, in the heat of Swift's 1989 era, Aretha sat down for a chat with The Wall Street Journal, who asked her to sound off on her fellow divas.
When asked about Adele, she said, “young singer, good singer.”
Alicia Keys? “Young performer, good writer, producer.”
As for Taylor Swift?
Aretha said, "Okay, uh...great gowns, beautiful gowns."
That's how it's done.
Asked about Nicki Minaj, she said, “I'm gonna pass on that one.”
That same year, Aretha serenaded Swift, who really was not worthy.
Watch Aretha Franklin serenade Taylor Swift for her birthday in 2014 https://t.co/MlwpIio9C4— billboard (@billboard) 1534436012
While we're on the subject, let's watch her performance of "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," which made Barack Obama cry.
Same, Obama. Same.