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Say What? Gabourey Sidibe Knows She's Fabulous

Say What? Gabourey Sidibe Knows She's Fabulous


"People always ask me, 'You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?' It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl."




— In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, Precious star Gabourey Sidibe proves she's wise well beyond her 26 years. I say we all adopt her attitude.

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cupcakers cupcakers 6 years
I need that kind of attitude with myself
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 6 years
True Beauty is being who we are and feeling good about it!! She is a true beauty,
Frenched Frenched 6 years
Being morbidly obese is obviously not exactly sexy or attractive, but a person can definitely be beautiful inside and out. I think it's great to have an attitude like Gabourey's as long as it is not used as an EXCUSE to not be healthy. People have the right to love themselves and consider themselves beautiful regardless of their size. Internal beauty certainly does radiate to the outside. Hopefully, she tries to become a little bit healthier. I do think she's sending out a great message, though.
sloane220 sloane220 6 years
i agree with spacekatgal, i grew up gay as well and had to fight to love myself as i was even though societal mores worked to convince me that an essential part of my being was an abhorent and revolting thing. those same mores are working against gabby to try to tell her how she should feel about herself for being an overweight, dark-skinned, black woman. that's why, even though i think obesity is fundamentally unhealthy, if her definition of beauty includes her being obese, then it's okay. this is the way she looks now. is she supposed to hate her body and cower in a corner until the day she reaches a size four? what good would it do her self-image, self-perception, and confidence to hate her body as it is? if she can spread that message to other women, then i don't find anything wrong with it.
CiaoBella01 CiaoBella01 6 years
i find it really sad when people immediately attack her for being confident in herself and saying nonsense like "she can't say she's beautiful because she's obese". our perception of beauty has been heavily programmed to what society expects and what sells (sadly). you can't say it's inappropriate for her to say she herself is beautiful. spacekatgal, you're the perfect product of this twisted and weight-obsessed society. i saw her on regis and kelly a while ago and i thought she was so beautiful because of her personality. i wish more celebrities were like her where they're not afraid to show their true side and snort when they laugh lol
CiaoBella01 CiaoBella01 6 years
i find it really sad when people immediately attack her for being confident in herself and saying nonsense like "she can't say she's beautiful because she's obese".our perception of beauty has been heavily programmed to what society expects and what sells (sadly). you can't say it's inappropriate for her to say she herself is beautiful. spacekatgal, you're the perfect product of this twisted and weight-obsessed society. i saw her on regis and kelly a while ago and i thought she was so beautiful because of her personality. i wish more celebrities were like her where they're not afraid to show their true side and snort when they laugh lol
lwimbush lwimbush 6 years
oh, i just love her. wasn't it marilyn monroe who said the prettiest people are the happiest people?
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
I think she's beautiful (physically and from the little I know about her, internally). I think beauty is subjective. Fat != ugly. I have a lot of friends who are obese and are very beautiful despite that, in fact, I'd say that they'd look incredibly weird if they were to lose a significant amount of weight (not just because I'm used to them being fat, but because they really do wear it well). And I think it's important for obese women to have a role model like her. I'm fat, but I'm not TOO fat. I'm about 100lbs overweight, I wear a size 18 pant. Most women who are potential role models are size 0-5 and seeing them plastered all over the media can be disheartening to overweight women. Having a role model like her can help overweight women accept ourselves as who we are. I know that whenever I see skinny girls I feel disheartened and end up eating stuff I shouldn't because I feel that there's no hope for me. Seeing an obese celebrity who's confident and fierce makes me think "I'm great the way I am and I can be totally fabulous as I am now! I can do this!" Obesity isn't healthy, however, our society has really the wrong outlook toward it. Other people with similarly unhealthy conditions are looked at with respect because of their strength with their condition, however, obese people are pretty much alway looked down upon and told to "GO TO THE GYM!" or "PUT DOWN THE FORK!" rather than people actually understanding WHY so many people are obese and not accepting that many times, the weight is outside the person's control.
staple-salad staple-salad 6 years
I think she's beautiful (physically and from the little I know about her, internally).I think beauty is subjective. Fat != ugly. I have a lot of friends who are obese and are very beautiful despite that, in fact, I'd say that they'd look incredibly weird if they were to lose a significant amount of weight (not just because I'm used to them being fat, but because they really do wear it well).And I think it's important for obese women to have a role model like her. I'm fat, but I'm not TOO fat. I'm about 100lbs overweight, I wear a size 18 pant. Most women who are potential role models are size 0-5 and seeing them plastered all over the media can be disheartening to overweight women.Having a role model like her can help overweight women accept ourselves as who we are. I know that whenever I see skinny girls I feel disheartened and end up eating stuff I shouldn't because I feel that there's no hope for me. Seeing an obese celebrity who's confident and fierce makes me think "I'm great the way I am and I can be totally fabulous as I am now! I can do this!"Obesity isn't healthy, however, our society has really the wrong outlook toward it. Other people with similarly unhealthy conditions are looked at with respect because of their strength with their condition, however, obese people are pretty much alway looked down upon and told to "GO TO THE GYM!" or "PUT DOWN THE FORK!" rather than people actually understanding WHY so many people are obese and not accepting that many times, the weight is outside the person's control.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
HoneyBrown is right. Our definitions of beauty are basically social constructions that are narrow, limiting, and even dangerous. TRUE beauty is a little different.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I love her. Beauty is objective. It's not created by anyone else. If you live your life according to the standards of others, often deluded, than you are crazy, pure and simple.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I love her.Beauty is objective. It's not created by anyone else. If you live your life according to the standards of others, often deluded, than you are crazy, pure and simple.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
She's one of the few women that I look up to. Like what hypnotic said, she's just beautiful in her own wonderful way.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I think her physical appearance is beside the point. Her attitude is admirable. One day I'd like to be able to say the same for myself.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
beautifully said, hypnotic ! I saw an interview with her and Jay Leno and she was just so... sparkly, bubbly, happy.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
In the interview I watched with her she said she just got tired of trying to look like smaller girls because it just brought her down. I think it's safe to say that she feel holistically beautiful. As for the obesity issue in the long run it's simply not healthy but having said that I think we need stay any judgment because we don't know what her circumstance is. She could be genetically prone to it or perhaps there is a dietary issue such as a gluten allergy and yes it could be that girl just can't put down a fork but the fact of the matter is we don't know what it is. I also think she's beautiful. I can see some one not thinking she's sexy but that's something different all together. IMO if you can't see this woman's beauty beaming where ever she goes you're missing something.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
In the interview I watched with her she said she just got tired of trying to look like smaller girls because it just brought her down. I think it's safe to say that she feel holistically beautiful. As for the obesity issue in the long run it's simply not healthy but having said that I think we need stay any judgment because we don't know what her circumstance is. She could be genetically prone to it or perhaps there is a dietary issue such as a gluten allergy and yes it could be that girl just can't put down a fork but the fact of the matter is we don't know what it is. I also think she's beautiful. I can see some one not thinking she's sexy but that's something different all together. IMO if you can't see this woman's beauty beaming where ever she goes you're missing something.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 6 years
I love her! She's so charming.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 6 years
I like her.
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 6 years
I like her.
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