(CBS) It's showtime and Mo'Nique is pumped.
"The Mo'Nique Show," BET's new primetime hit, is part talk show, part party, and part revival meeting. Driving it all is Mo'Nique's message: Mo' classy, mo' sassy. Big without apology, reports CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann. "I take pride in saying I'm a fat girl, fabulous and thick, fluffy and tender, full and tasty," Mo'Nique told Strassmann.
"Don't it just make you happy to say that?" It certainly makes her audience happy - many of them big people themselves. "When you actually look on TV and you see someone who is just like yourself, it's a confirmation that 'It's OK for me to feel this way,'" an audience member told Strassmann.
"It's Mo'Nique!" That message has fed a career that includes stand-up comedy, TV, music videos, books and movies. Who else has put on a beauty pageant for plus-size women? "I came up with the idea of a full-figured beauty pageant because for years all we had were those other pageants, y'all know, the skinny ones," Mo'Nique told her audience.
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