Queen Latifah bought a gold tooth to celebrate getting her first record deal.

The multi-talented rapper, actress and talk show host said she splashed out on the pricey filling as soon as she landed her first big money contract aged just 17 - but lost her prized new possession just a week later.

She said: ''I signed my first recording contract at age 17. The first thing I bought after signing was a gold tooth - which I then lost within one week.''

The Oscar-winning 'Chicago' star also divulged her reading habits in Us Weekly's '25 Things You Don't Know About Me' feature, insisting she is never without a Bible by her side.

She said of her literary choices: ''I always travel with my Bible. I buy more interior design magazines than any other kind.''

Additionally, the 43-year-old star is a huge fan of motoring and owns no less than five motorbikes, as well as a classic car seen in one of her movies.

Latifah explained: ''I have five motorcycles and two Vespas. The fastest I've ever gone on a motorcycle is 155 miles per hour. I [also] own the 1962 Chevy Impala from my movie 'Set It Off'.''

The thrillseeker also boasts of her ''French Jet Ski licence'' and says she once dreamed of being a truck driver as a child.