A native of Los Angeles, Liana Sims, commonly known as Queen, has captivated the world with her journey of transformation and freedom through her inspiring fight against obesity. Though Queen Liana has struggled with obesity since elementary school, in 2007 at the age of twenty, she committed to no longer exist, but to live. As a result, she has lost a total of 180 pounds—naturally.
In her book, Monday Never Comes, Queen Liana shares her story of triumph in the face of what seemed impossible to show others that with commitment and determination, they too have the power to overcome the challenges of life. Queen Liana doesn’t simply speak about perseverance and determination, she has the experience that validates every single word. She embodies resilience and is a voice of hope to those who have come to believe they are not strong enough to prevail in the face of the overwhelming odds.
In April 2011, Queen Liana was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s weight-loss finale show as one of 100 people who had lost 100 pounds or more. In February 2012, she was featured on NBC’s Today Show for losing more than 100 pounds. Through her candid honesty and inspiring outlook on living life to the fullest, Queen Liana has become a sought-after speaker, preacher, writer, and coach.
Queen Liana holds two degrees from Biola University in the area of Christian ministry and Biblical studies. She is a licensed and ordained pastor under the leadership of Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer and Faithful Central Bible Church, where she currently leads as the pastor of college-aged students. She formerly served as the pastor of middle and high school students. She believes that ultimately ministry is a lifestyle and not simply a position or a title.
Queen Liana is passionate about health and fitness, mental health, issues of justice, Black history, youth development, and women’s empowerment. She’s a world traveler and international speaker and has spoken in several countries, including Ecuador, Israel, Bahamas, Nigeria, South Africa and around the United States. Recently, she launched Sharpen Her Iron, a ministry for building and empowering women. Her goal is to bridge the generational gap and to create a space for women to strengthen each other.