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Gabourey Sidibe: People don’t ask Rihanna why she’s so confident

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The details from Us Magazine:

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:

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jjj2
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jjj2

It would probably be easier for her to just eat right and get down to a healthy weight. Its great that she lost some, but if she is worried about bit criticized for being heavy, if she just lost the weight she wouldn’t be. On the same token, the body positive movement generally attacks thin and healthy women, so its not like you only have to be “confident” when you are obese.

Kia
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Kia

obese people have generally developed quite a substantial food and sugar addiction without realising. “just eating right” is for them an experience like the one that your body would make you feel if you stopped eating altogether for weeks. They absolutely can do it, but they are likely to relapse badly or even to develop a binge eating disorder and gain even more. because although you could point out that it is eany or moderately difficult(for you), from where they start, just eat diet-size portions and exercise is gonna prove unsustainable in the long run. The brain has to come… Read more »

punani
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punani

Yet nobody barely attacks famous men for their size, health, or lack thereof.

Coincidence?

DelicateDream
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DelicateDream

She has lost weight. It takes time to lose that much in a healthy way. It looks like she’s working on it.

CarrieD
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CarrieD

I’m not the kind of person to say that someone just “can’t” be healthy at their weight, but that’s when we’re talking Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Graham, etc level. I guess I can stand behind any weight until it gets to the point where it looks like you have a fat suit on (like they do in the movies). Or when you’re so big that your face looks distorted and like a mask, and I can’t even tell what your features would look like at a normal weight. So good for Gabourey that she has her millions because it’s very probable… Read more »

Kia
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Kia

I don’t think Rihanna is that confident only on the base of her looks (I mean….she is wild. she shaved off her hair and bit fans and went around naked and worked a crazy amount of hours) , even if that might help her a lot here and there. being born pretty makes you unaware of what actually being ugly makes you experience (bad judgement and rejection in random environments, from others AND from yourself). personally I get demoralised a lot everytime I look in the mirror….and I’m not even obese or with some kind of facial monstruosity. I lose… Read more »

ule
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ule

I’m sorry you feel that way. Being not confident in a social setting or when giving a presentation is something that happens to many, but being uncomfortable at work because of how you look must suck… It’s your abilities not your looks you were hired for 🙁 I hope you can get through it eventually. You are no less of a person if you’re not “physically beautiful” or are big (pun not intended). As for her, it’s great she’s confident. Being obese and severely unhappy sure is worse than being just one or the other. I know I wouldn’t be… Read more »

punani
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punani

One does wonder though to which extent someone (expecially female) is “born pretty”.

Seems like 75+% of “beauty” in women is pure artifice/controlled lifestyle.

Kia
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Kia

by “pretty” I mean a feminine face, good hair, nice teeth, proportioned body. yes I could look pretty if I dolled myself up with makeup, extensions, corset and similar but I think I would feel worse and I would find the effort/time in dolling up actually humiliating and depressing. probably at first I would look like a man in drag, that is how I feel sometimes with mascara and blush on. I am not monstrous, I think I should consider myself lucky ..its just that I look rather masculine and not very pretty..If I see it it puts me down… Read more »

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It’s hard for me to read this, as someone who lives as an above-average-looking girl. I’m not gorgeous but on the cute side to many people (feminine face, good hair, proportioned body as you’re saying.. though my teeth could use some work – my biggest insecurity!) and I could always tell it gave me a privilege in how I’m treated, but I never understood how it was like to be on the other side, as you’re describing here (I wasn’t cute as a young teen and I did notice the pretty girls getting treated differently then but once I became… Read more »

punani
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punani

Excuse my french but seem like y’all are awefully and terribly obsessed by your looks.

Beauty is temporary, stupid is forever 😉

Kia
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Kia

except that I’m not stupid.

aaaa
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aaaa

Yes, women visiting this site are probably more obsessed with looks than they should be, generally speaking. what’s your excuse for being here? Also, regarding the quote you posted below, which is fantastic – why would anyone feel the need to say that if women didn’t already get the idea from society that they DO owe prettiness to the world? Ads, movies, TV shows, magazines, friends and family tell us that ALL the time. And I think women have come a long way in investing in themselves outside of looks, academically and professionally, yet are still worrying about appearance on… Read more »

punani
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punani

My excuse for being here is posting dank memes to get the sisters back on track 🙂

punani
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punani

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Ari
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Ari

Rihanna hasn’t always been as confident as she is now. She took back her ex after he used violence on her … now she has her own makeup line, is an inspiration for top designers like balmain, can wear a trash bag and pull it off. Y’all can say what you want about her weight gain but she’s the one dating a Saudi billionaire and has her own money too – not you.

Anyways I think it helps to be attractive but plenty of beautiful people are not confident

Ches
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Ches

Eh I’ve seen vs models asked this so I think she’s making something out of nothing

punani
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punani

Public women are routinely asked “why they are confident”, because subconsciously the interviewer just knows they are ripped apart by media, their bosses, and the general field they work in, just because they are women.

punani
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punani

“Everybody knows why Rihanna’s confident. She’s beautiful.”

There, you answered your own question.

You are not conventionally beautiful.

And the world doesn’t understand how a public woman can bear to exist without being viewed as a sex doll

There fixed it.

Reida
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Reida

I agree! Basically all female musicians must take on a sex kitten persona, or else risk losing their popularity, it’s quite sad. And all the songs by young female pop stars seems to ALWAYS revolve around sex, just listen to any Ariana, Selena, Miley song and it’s about appeasing men sexually, it’s sick, vapid and without substance.

punani
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punani

Is it really true tho that female singers have to be in underwear on the scene or they lose fans? I’m really wondering about that. After all their fans are usually not a buncha h~~~~ basic male tweens, yes?

xtra
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xtra

She’s complaining about the question they ask her and about her appearance. She put herself in that position. She takes roles that, most of the time, make fun of her appearance. It is her fault. She’s somebody in the industry because of her size. And what bothers me the most is that she has the guts to rub in others people faces that she privilege. I found that very insulting.

Chloë
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Chloë

Preeeetty sure she doesn’t turn down roles that ~don’t~ make fun of her body for ones that do. Women’s roles are already limited by sexism, ‘size-ism’ just further compounds that. Funny fat friend is a trope for reason, and it isn’t because fat women love being reduced to a punchline.

Pixie
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Pixie

I see her frustration but it’s not really groundbreaking. Kind of what you would expect her to say. If life is so bad at that weight you would do anything to change it wouldn’t you? This is going to sound horrid but at that point if you can’t stop the eating part why not purge? Honestly I’m against such an unhealthy act but if you’re that miserable a little headstart can help. I’m just saying obstacles can be worked around. If she isn’t hat miserable than she should continue her way of life but don’t complain about being different. I… Read more »

punani
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punani

Her life is not “bad”, she just hasn’t grasped yet that being considered publicly “fuckable” is less important than being able to enjoy the lifestyle which satisfies her. She’s still struggling with prioritizing those ideals.

DelicateDream
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DelicateDream

She has pretty cool fashion sense. It’s good she takes care of herself. Her weight loss is impressive and cultivating a sense of self worth will keep her on a healthy track. When you feel good about yourself then you tend to take better care of yourself.