I’m giving Gabby Sidibe her own category because I don’t want to be caught unawares when she’s walking down the red carpet on Oscar night and we need to post about how hot she looks and/or what insane thing she’s wearing.
Gabby is the star of the film Precious, also starring Mo’Nique, who is also getting Oscar buzz, which I approve of, especially because her name is Mo’Nique. Rachel blogged about the movie here:
The film is based on the book, Push, by Sapphire, about an abused fat teenage black girl in Harlem, and seems to encapsulate the range of feminist topics: domestic abuse, racism, sizeism, poverty, sexual assault, illiteracyâ€¦ And newcomer Gabourey â€œGabbyâ€ Sidibe, who plays Precious, is an Actual Fat Woman and not some thin star swimming in a fat suit.
And Annie sent me this link about Gabby herself:
â€œShe is unequivocally comfortable in her body, in a very bizarre way. Either sheâ€™s in a state of denial or sheâ€™s so elevated that sheâ€™s on another level,â€ [the director] says. â€œI had no doubt in my mind that she had four or five boyfriends, easily.â€
Ah, yes, her weight. When Sidibe was 11 years old, an aunt offered to pay for a cruise if she lost 50 pounds. Friends and family continue to pressure her about it. â€œI still hear it from people who donâ€™t know that theyâ€™re pretty close to hurting my feelings,â€ she says, â€œpeople who care about me, like this one friend. I was eating a light potato chip, and she eyeballed me like I was the most disgusting thing sheâ€™d ever seen. She says, â€˜Every time you want to put something disgusting in your mouth, think of the designers who wonâ€™t make a dress for you because youâ€™re fat.â€™â€‰â€
But at some point, says Sidibe, â€œI learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I donâ€™t like myself, thereâ€™s no reason to even live the life. I love the way I look. Iâ€™m fine with it. And if my body changes, Iâ€™ll be fine with that.â€
I won’t lie–I’m kind of nervous to see Precious, because it is clearly not an easy movie to experience. But I’m thrilled to see actresses like Sidibe and Mo’Nique getting recognition for this project, and I have no doubt that it’s an outstanding film.
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