“I feel like a model. It justifies everyone in my life who told me I wouldn’t be anything until I lost weight. It justifies that little girl who cried because she didn’t think she could be in front of the camera. And it’s for other girls who feel like they can’t do this or that and feel like they’re not pretty and not worthy of having their photo taken.”
– Gabourey Sidibe on posing for fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. Seriously, every time this woman opens her mouth, I want to yell, “You go girl!” Freaking love her. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
V‘s Size Issue keeps getting better and better. Well, that is, depending on how you feel about the whole thing. At the very least, it’s becoming more interesting, especially since we’ve learned that the cover features one of our favorite real girls and “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe. We’re loving how this head shot is both glamorous, with Gabourey’s hair blowing in the wind, but also natural, with little embellishment and her flawless skin stealing the show. What do you think? [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
If you came of age in the early 2000s, like I did, pop culture was strange—strangely plastic, that is. Britney Spears had the hottest body on earth, but she married a skeezebag and shaved her head. Paris Hilton had a sex tape, then a TV show and then everyone wanted to be her best friend. Hugh Hefner‘s bunny-girlfriends got their own show and then two of them spun off and started shows of their own.
All the way up to 2007, things were looking weird, when “Gossip Girl” debuted and Blake Lively‘s cleavage co-starred in every scene. Yes, indeed, the 2000s were the decade to be conventionally pretty, blonde, silicone, slick, PR-laden, lawyered up, and above all, fake.
Yes, 2009 sucked and we’re all glad that it’s over. But in 2009, pop culture had mercy on our souls. It couldn’t run on fumes anymore. People, one hopes, got bored. And so, against all odds, 2009 became the Year Of The Real Girl. Keep reading »
“The way I feel about the Golden Globe nomination versus Justin Timberlake announcing it … it’s like the nomination is That’s How I Roll from Cold Stone Creamery and Justin saying my name is like cherries on top of That’s How I Roll from Cold Stone Creamery.”
– Gabourey Sidibe, on whether she was more psyched about her Golden Globe nomination for “Precious” or having Justin Timberlake announce it [NY Post]
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The 2010 Golden Globe nominations were read early this morning from Hollywood by a supah-fine John Krasinski, Diane Kruger, and Justin Timberlake. Some of the nominees include Gabourey Sidibe for “Precious,” Meryl Streep for her roles in “It’s Complicated” and “Julie and Julia,” Joseph Gordon Levitt for “(500) Days of Summer,” January Jones and Jon Hamm for “Mad Men,” Courteney Cox for “Cougar Town,” (anyone else sorta shocked by this?) Tina Fey for “30 Rock,” and Drew Barrymore for the HBO miniseries “Grey Gardens.” The movie “Up in the Air” got more nominations that any other movie; “Glee” was the most nominated TV show.
When Emily Blunt was nominated for her role in “The Young Victoria,” Justin Timberlake chuckled, looked into the audience, presumably at Krasinski, who is dating Blunt, and said, “Oo-oh, somebody’s gonna have a good night tonight!” Oh, that Timberlake — always the entertainer. See the full list of nominees here. The 2010 Golden Globes will air Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 on NBC. Keep reading »
You can have your Natalie Portman
, Drew Barrymore
, and Jennifer Garner
girl crushes. Me? I prefer newcomer Gabourey Sidibe from the movie “Precious.” I have to admit, I didn’t love
the movie, though I thought the performances, particularly Sidibe’s and Mo’Nique’s, were amazing. The film was just a bit too dark and depressing for my taste, but it’s wonderful to see how light and refreshing Gabourey Sidibe — or “Gabby” if you prefer — is in real life. She was on “Leno” last night and came across so delightfully unaffected by her sudden fame and all the Oscar buzz around her. And for someone who’s a newcomer in the dog-eat-dog world of Hollywood and doesn’t exactly look the part of a leading lady, she’s amazingly self-assured and confident. I love when Leno says the guys have been coming out of the woodwork since her film, and she laughs and says, “I know. Everyone thinks I’m so beautiful now…” Clip above. Keep reading »
“[W]hen I was 14 or 15, I saw myself in a different way. Back then, I envied a life that I’d made up in my mind. I broke free of that unhappiness and I decided to change — I was going to be happy with myself. No matter what I look like, no matter what people think.”
– Actress Gabourey Sidibe, the star of “Precious” [New York Times Magazine] Keep reading »
“[The media] try to paint the picture that I was this downtrodden, ugly girl who was unpopular in school and in life, and then I got this role and now I’m awesome. But the truth is that I’ve been awesome, and then I got this role.”
—”Precious” star Gabby Sidibe in New York magazine [via Feministing] Keep reading »
Gabourey Sidibe wore a purple gown (complete with train) to the screening of “Precious,” her acting debut, to the New York Film Festival. [NYC, 10/3/09] Keep reading »
“Precious,” adapted from the novel Push by Sapphire, is a gritty indie film directed by Lee Daniels about an obese and illiterate teen who is pregnant for a second time by her own father. Set in Harlem in 1987, the story follows Precious as she struggles with her insecurities and disastrous home life while using what resources she has to improve her life. Although, “Precious” has an impressive cast, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd, Paula Patton, and Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe in the starring role, Mariah and Mo’Nique’s performances are already generating Oscar buzz. Mariah strips off the makeup and glitz from her normal life and steps into the role of a social worker. Mo’Nique is terrifying as she plays Mary, Precious’ mother, who is both physically and verbally abusive and delusional. Mary has the power to crush all of Precious’ hopes. Gabby also gives a great performance in her acting debut for someone who auditioned on a whim. If the book is any indication, “Precious” won’t wallow in the bleak details of the main character’s life. Instead it captures an energy that is pushed along by anger and hope. If you need more encouragement to see this film when it opens Nov. 6, consider that it won three awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the coveted Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, and received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Keep reading »