These Photos of Gabby Sidibe from Ages 11 to 36 Prove She's Ageless

Aby Rivas
Jun 24, 2019
11:55 P.M.
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Time has done wonders for Gabourey Sidibe, and the actress was not shy of flaunting her ageless transformation in a new Instagram post.


Gabby Sidibe recently took to Instagram to share three side to side pics comparing her face from age 11 to 36, and although her face hasn’t changed that much, she does look more mature and slimmer in her thirties.


“Mind if I flex right quick? Me at 11, 24 and 36,” she captioned the post.


Sidibe deactivated the comment section for fans, but some of her friends and fellow actors took it upon themselves to gush about Gabby’s ageless beauty.

“Every pic is a flex,” wrote screenwriter and producer Lena Waithe.


A second friend added, “Still look like a lil kid. Flirty thirties hot thang.”

And a third one joked:

“You just HAD to take it public. Please refer me to your and Pharrell’s dermatologist- pls and thanks!”



Gabby, who rose to fame in the dramatic role of Precious in the film of the same name, has been open about her issues with weight, body image and dealing with eating disorders, anxiety and depression because of it.

In an interview with Oprah in 2009, Gabby confessed that she did her first diet at 6-years-old.

“I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself."


She has also revealed that as a child, her parents used to fat-shame her, explaining that, even though her mother had been an overweight kid too, instead of trying to understand her, "she berated me because she was so afraid of what she knew was to come for me.

In her book, “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare,” Gabby also admitted she battled bulimia for about three years.

“Throwing up made me feel high,” she said. “I felt a release around my head like a halo that made me feel lighter physically and emotionally."


In her conversation with Oprah, Sidibe revealed how she managed to overcome her eating disorder and some of the other issues that her weight caused.


“I’ve never been a small girl, and one day, I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and no matter what other people thought of my body,” she stated.

“I had to love myself. I was something like — I was like 21-ish, 22-ish — when I decided. I had just got tired of feeling bad all the time; I got tired of hating myself. I really, really had to have a conversation with myself and find what I love about myself.”


Then, in 2016, Gabby and her brother were diagnosed with diabetes, and that pushed her to take a severe measure to lose weight, not for aesthetical reasons, but to take care of her health: Gabby underwent a laparoscopic bariatric surgery, which helped her shed more pounds than she ever did by exercising or dieting alone.

“I just didn't want to worry," she told People. "I truly didn't want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes."



After the surgery, Sidibe made a change in her eating habits and added more physical activities to her daily schedule.

She started working out with a trainer, and even did swimming and tricycling around the “Empire” set, where she gives life to Becky, a secretary that made her way to the top of the company.


“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful,” she wrote in her book, and continued:

“I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”

“I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now,” she concluded.