Gabourey Sidibe is a strong and confident woman. She shows us this every time that she steps onto the red carpet. On Thursday night at the Ms. Foundation for Women gala she gave a very emotional and heartfelt speech about where she got her confidence from. She spoke about something that happened to her in the fifth grade. She said that no one would eat the cookies that she baked and brought in.
She told the audience that she wasn’t even sure why she was baking the cookies at the time because she didn’t have any friends. From the fourth grade to the sixth grade she had to deal with everyone hating her. She said that there was a reason they did not like her but it wasn’t because she was dark skin or because she was overweight. She said the other kids hated her because, “I was an a******”.
Even though she appears to be really confident every time she steps on the red carpet she is fighting with an internal struggle. When she thinks about getting ready for an event she is worried. She knows that no matter what it is that she wears there are going to be people who are making fun of her weight. She says that if she wears red people say she is the Kool-Aid man. If she wears a purple dress they call her Barney the purple dinosaur. She knows that after every red carpet event there will be comments from people all over the country saying how overweight she is and making fun of her for it.
She gives credit to the kids that used to make fun of her in school. She said if they hadn’t made fun of her she never would have learned how to show off her talents instead of shrinking away. She says that she dares to live her life the way that she wants it and that is where her confidence comes from.