Gabourey Sidibe Opens Up About Where Her Confidence Comes From

May 9, 2014 | G-BLOG | 0 comments


Gabourey Sidibe was first seen in the 2009 film “Precious” and that’s when audiences probably thought that would have been the actresses first and last screen appearance, because she’s not considered Hollywood material.
But according to, the Oscar-nominated actress isn’t going anywhere, unless it’s transitioning into a life as a motivational speaker, because she’s getting tons of positive reviews for her courageous, confident and inspirational story about her life.
Recently at a “Ms. Foundation For Women” gala last Thursday Sidibe opened up recalling an incident back in the fifth grade where she had baked cookies to share them with the class, but none of the kids would eat them.
“…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 color, or weight. They hated me because… I was an a******!”
Sidibe went on to explain in detail how the kids could never get a word in edgewise without her cutting them off to remind them that she was smarter, funnier, and all around wittier than them.
She also mentioned that as she struggled to make friends, she recalled how she  passed by a particular photo in her home everyday; it was of her aunt, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, a feminist and activist, standing side-by-side with her lifelong friend, Gloria Steinem, with their fists held high in the air.
She said “every day as I would leave the house … I would give that photo a fist right back. And I’d march off into battle.”
Sidibe said that the lesson she learned was this:
“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. If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
You go girl!

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