Gabourey Sidibe looks stunning in a recent photo shared to her Instagram from her fun night out. The “Empire” actress has been showing off her considerably much slimmer body in the past years, after she underwent a weight loss surgery, although not for aesthetic but for health reasons.
Gabby Sidibe is known for always keeping it real with her fans, and she has become a lauded example of women that defy the beauty standard in the entertainment industry. She owns her figure and her color with an unapologetic personality and is always ready to strike a pose.
Her most recent Instagram pic is proof of that.
In the shot, taken at 29 Rooms—an immersive experience with all forms of art—Gabby donned a white and blue printed dress and white sneakers.
She knelt at the top of a flight of stairs with the message “Follow your Dreams,” as she stroke a pose with her hands in her hair while giving the camera a stern stare.
“CatMoms Night Out!!! #29Rooms” Gabby captioned the picture.
Although the star has her comment section closed off for fans, her friends took over to gush about her beauty.
“Uummm...don't hurt nobody!” wrote one user.
“If you were a fruit, you would be a FINEAPPLE.”
And a third one said: “Follow your dreams...then make it fashion.”
Sidibe has gone through an excruciating weight loss journey in the past years.
When she made her debut on the big screen as Precious in the 2009 award-winning film of the same name, Gabby was considerably overweight. For years, she tried to lose weight by working out and changing her diet, but it wasn’t working.
"There’s nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time."
Then, she and her brother were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and that’s when Gabby decided to go under a laparoscopic bariatric surgery in May 2016.
“I just didn’t want to worry,” Gabby told People of her decision to get surgery. “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, Gabby improved her diet by working with a nutritionist. She also started a new fitness regimen that includes working with a personal trainer, swimming, and riding a tricycle around the “Empire” set.
“I stay as active as possible,” she said. “I’m stronger, and I’m able to move more, and I’m not worried about losing my f—ing toes anymore. That’s my life now.”
Gabby talked about her personal journey with weight in her book “This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare,” but she made sure to keep her starting numbers and her weight goals out of reach for the public’s knowledge.
She explained why, saying:
“My starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal, so I’ll keep them to myself because it’s really not for everybody, and the weight I was, the goal weight, the size I wear, all that stuff — it’s got to stay with me because if too many people are involved, I’ll shut down, and I won’t get anything done.”
Sidibe, who was included in People’s World Most Beautiful issue after “Precious,” says she doesn’t think people outside her tribe really see her as a beautiful woman. But not because she doesn’t think she’s beautiful.
“Like, it’s great that you say that but I can’t be convinced that you really believe that; for all I know, you just feel like you need to say that to me. You really don’t. Because I got it. I already know. My beauty is like my own secret in this way.”
Gabby is glad there are different types of bodies, skin colors, and more being celebrated for its beauty. However, she doesn’t think the people in the entertainment or fashion industry is genuine when they call, for example, a woman in a wheelchair beautiful.
“Universally, we’re on the outskirts of beauty; like the fringe beauty. But I see beauty in everyone and everything,” she stated.
However, Gabby doesn’t let anyone dim her light, and she’s proud and confident of her appearance.
“I’m African-American: That in itself means that I’m filled with magic,” she concluded. “There’s nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time.”
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