Everyone knows that it’s next to impossible to make in Hollywood. The competition is fierce, and getting work is all about looking the right way, sounding the right way, and being at the right place at the right time. That being said, it’s pretty remarkable that an actress like Gabourey Sidibe has come as far as she has. She’s unconventional, unexpected, and has already achieved more than many young starlets do in a lifetime.
Of course, one of the issues that constantly surrounds her is her weight. Though Sidibe is proud of her body, people can’t help but comment on it — and sometimes, the commentary is just plain mean. Still, it seems to roll off her back and she continues to be unbothered, but she’s begun to take her health into consideration. She’s gone through a bit of a transformation, and that combined with her attitude is truly inspiring. See more about this unusual actress below.
This is Gabourey Sidibe.
She’s an actress who shot to fame after her performance in Precious, a movie about an inner-city girl who tries to get herself out of the cycle of poverty.
The role earned her an Oscar nomination.
She was handpicked out of 400 other girls for the title role, and the ultimate decision was made by none other than Oprah herself.
Since then, Gabourey has continued to act.
Most notably is her recurring role on Empire, wherein she plays record label assistant Becky.
The one thing that’s so great about Gabourey is that she totally bucks the Hollywood stereotypes.
She’s a plus-size black woman getting work in a world where women with her body type are often excluded from everything.
And she’s totally unapologetic about her size.
Why shouldn’t she be? It’s part of what got her the role as Precious in the first place, and she’s committed to the idea that she shouldn’t have to change for anyone.