Since her launch to fame in 2009 after playing the lead role in Lee Daniels’ award winning movie Precious, plus size actress, Gaboury Sidibe, has constantly been in the eye of the media. Gabby is now recognized as an international star since starring in several popular movies including the hit series, Empire.
Inspired by the eventful and heavily criticised career journey she’s had as a plus size actress and public figure, Gabby has gone ahead to write a memoir which would be released come May 2017, where she talks about controversies surrounding her weight, how she survived being under constant criticism from people, life on set, depression, race issues and other topics that we can all relate with.
Sidibe’s book promises full honesty as excerpts reveal that she talks about life growing up with a polygamous father, her first job as a phone sex “talker” and her unexpected and unconventional rise to stardom.
The Bed-Stuy/Harlem native reveals her nonconformist path to self love, in the book she says “When I say that I am beautiful, I don’t say it so someone will clap and think I’m brave. I’m not doing it so that someone will comment on how confident I am. I don’t say it with ego and I don’t say it defensively. I say it because I believe it. I’ve earned every centimetre of my beauty. It has taken me years to realize that I was born with it, what was shaped, the mold it took, is all beautiful.”
From an excerpt where she talks about her early life, she says, “I was Gabourey M. Sidibe in American elementary school, in pre-Lion King world. I was Gabourey in a school of Jennifers, Stacies, Ericas and Elizabeths. Brandons, Johnnies and Anthonies. My round little belly and my dark chocolate skin made me look different, and the way I sing songed my African name made me sound different”.
Gabourey is well aware of how she uses humor in different situations, saying that “Not everyone in the world shares my sense of humor. That’s how the world works. People are different. If we were all the same, we’d all be making out with one another all the time and we’d never get anything done.”
This announcement is coming just a few months after Gabby participated in the Lane Bryant #ThisBody campaign for fall 2016, alongside Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine and Alessandra Garcia who are also gorgeous plus size public figures. The campaign was designed to present an original message of empowerment and body positivity. Her reaction to seeing her ad on a subway was inspiring, she posted a picture of it on Twitter with the caption “I’m STILL not over this. Who knows how many subway posters I walked by hoping to one day feel as beautiful as the faces I passed.”
The photo shoot for the book’s cover shows Gabby in her element, her outfits mostly styled in one of her signature looks of a cute dress and converse shoes. She is seen chugging from a bottle of champagne while the cameras are rolling and the carefree and happy look on her face is the main focus.
This Is Just My Face Try Not To Stare can be pre-ordered online and will be available from the 1st of May, 2017.
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