Rapper and actress Queen Latifah was so cautious about going through with her breast reduction surgery, she pondered over it for a year and a half.

The shapely BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE star made the decision to trim down her assets earlier this year (03) because she grew tired of suffering constant back pains.

But going under the knife was not something she took lightly.

She says, "I talked with my hairstylist, who is a good friend of mine and also had this procedure. And I talked to my mom, who is a nurse and had the procedure as well.

"It wasn't something I decided overnight. I took a year and before I did it. I felt it was a good time because I'm young enough to bounce back from the physical aspects of it, as well as the mental aspect of going through surgery."

08/08/2003 09:16