On living her life with confidence:
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.