Gabourey Sidibe describes her self as “f-king unbreakable.” And yet, she dreads red carpet events.
“It’s really hard to get dressed up for award shows when I know I’ll get made fun of because of my weight,” Sidibe, 34, explained at the 2018 MAKERS conference in Hollywood, California on Monday, February 5. “If I wear purple, somebody will call me Barney. If I wear white, a frozen turkey. If I wear red, a pitcher of Kool-Aid. These are actual tweets I’ve gotten.” (The Empire actress brilliantly shut down trolls who criticized her appearance at the 2014 Golden Globes by tweeting: “I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK.”)
Sidibe, a champion for loving yourself, went on to reveal that the No. 1 question she gets asked is: “Gabourey, how are you so confident?”
“I always wonder if that’s the first thing they ask Rihanna when they meet her. ”Riri, how are you so confident?’ mused the American Horror Storyalum. “Of course not. Everybody knows why Rihanna’s confident. She’s beautiful.”
“How am I so confident?” continued an emotional Sidibe. “It’s my good time and my good life despite what you think of me.”?
Back in March 2017, the actress showed off her massive weight loss:
I didn’t realize how much it prepared me for real life – I’m still dealing with the haters. You’re in the public eye, how often do people tweet things at you that make you don’t feel great? The second you decide to feel great about yourself is when you feel great.
… says 33 year-old Gabourey, who has slimmed down recently.
Actress Gabourey Sidibe has responded to critics who fat shamed her after she appeared in a love scene during Wednesday’s episode of Empire. The 32-year-old actress was seen on the show alongside her character Becky Williams’ love interest MC J Poppa – played by actor Mo McRae – in an opening scene that featured the two enjoying an intimate moment on a rooftop. But after the episode aired, the Oscar-nominated actress found herself to be the subject of cruel taunts online, one social media user even created a meme that used a screen shot of the love scene next to the words: ‘Damn, some of you people can’t even get a text back’.
I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like I was doing a good job. I’m very proud of the work we all did to make that scene a great opening for the episode. I keep hearing that people are “hating” on it. I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love but that’s okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week’s show!
I’m an a—hole! Okay? It’s my good time, and my good life, despite what you think of me. I live my life, because I dare. I dare to show up when everyone else might hide their faces and hide their bodies in shame… I show up because I’m an a—hole, and I want to have a good time.
On the fact that her weight and looks had nothing to do with why she wasn’t liked by the other kids:
Why didn’t they like me? I was fat, yes. I had darker skin and weird hair, yes. But the truth is; this isn’t a story about bullying, or color, or weight. They hated me because… I was an a—hole! I was a snob. I thought I was better than the kids in my class, and I let them know it. That’s why they didn’t like me.
So when you ask me how I’m so confident, I know what you’re really asking me: How could someone like me be confident? Go ask Rihanna, a—hole.
… said Gabourey during a speech at the “Ms. Foundation for Women’s Gloria Awards and Gala” about confidence.
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