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Gabourey Sidibe: I Don’t Want My Body to Be “Someone’s Message”

Avatar • May 12, 2016

When painter Sam Spratt asked Gabourey Sidibe how she’d like to be portrayed in his latest piece, she replied:

 I guess … did you ever watch the show Community? Ya know how the school’s mascot is the human being? I mean, I don’t want to be a grey faceless spandex blob like that, but I’d like to just be a human being. Not someone’s message or idea of what I stand for because of what I look like, just a human, how you’d paint me if I were anyone else.

Gabourey Sidibe by Sam Spratt

Painting of Gabourey Sidibe by Sam Spratt. Source: http://samspratt.tumblr.com


Some of us are guilty of seeing Gabourey as “someone’s message or idea” because of “what she looks like”.  While other celebrities are themselves on the red carpet, she becomes the face for big, dark-skinned women.  While other actresses are simply characters during love scenes in films, Gabourey becomes the representative of big women who find love (via her role on Empire).  But why is that?  Why can’t she just be a human being?  
Painting of Gabourey Sidibe by Sam Spratt. Source: http://samspratt.tumblr.com

Painting of Gabourey Sidibe by Sam Spratt. Source: http://samspratt.tumblr.com

Gabouery Sidibe and Sam Spratt. Source: http://samspratt.tumblr.com

Gabouery Sidibe and Sam Spratt. Source: http://samspratt.tumblr.com


In this painting, I see a person … an individual.  Not a representative.  Not a symbol.  Not a cause.  Gabourey is painted like anyone else.

Do Gabourey’s words resonate with you?  Share below!

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merry
merry
4 years ago

The painter did right by Gabby in this piece. Her skin tone and expression are great. It’s a beautiful painting.

But as someone who believes in living a healthy lifestyle and is tired of seeing black people leading in almost every major disease category, I can’t get behind her insistence on being obese.

Obesity is not a joke and it leads to grave health outcomes.

LadyJustice
LadyJustice
4 years ago
Reply to  merry

i dont think shes asking or begging for your support. She want to be allowed to be her own person..She doesnt need your stamp of approval, she is trully confortable with herself. Thats the point of the piece. A point you unfortunately missed completely

TWA4now
TWA4now
4 years ago

SHE looks good.…

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