Gabourey Sidibe recently spoke at WIE (the Women’s Inspiration and Enterprise) conference in Manhattan last weekend, and spoke a lot of about her confidence and how devastated she gets sometimes in this business.
She said, “I didn’t really get to grow up hearing that I was beautiful a lot, or that I was worth anything nor did I grow up seeing myself on TV. Then at some point when I was 21 or 22 I just decided that life wasn’t worth living if I wasn’t happy with myself so I just took all the steps that I could to figure out how to love myself and become confident. Truthfully speaking if I hadn’t found this person before that movie [Precious] I wouldn’t have even be in that movie.”
“People see me as a confident person but I get shaken a lot, especially being in this business. A few weeks ago I was on vacation and I went into a CVS [a pharmacy chain of shops in the US] and as I’m paying I see a picture of myself on the cover of a magazine and they’re guesstimating what my weight is? The headline was 'Gabourey Sidibe 250 pounds.”
She adds that she’s all about creating her own rules, saying, “I have to keep going and living my life, so when things like that upset me I have to find things that build my confidence back up.”