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Gabourey Sidibe Talks Race And Size Discrimination


Gabourey Sidibe is sorta-kinda famous AF.

The 34-year-old actress rose to immediate recognition after her Oscar-nominated performance in the film, "Precious," alongside actress Mo'Nique. She has also scored roles in shows like "American Horror Story," and "Difficult People." Today, she has a recurring role as Becky on the hit FOX show, "Empire."

Somehow though, her recognizability didn't transfer into the Chanel store she stepped into when trying to shop for a pair of sunglasses for herself and sandals for her co-star, Taraji P. Henson.

In an essay she penned for Lenny Letter, she detailed a sad experience with the Chanel saleswoman.

Sidibe wrote about being told to go across the street to a discount store.

She wrote,

It wasn't until other Chanel employees of color began to recognize Sidibe that the saleswoman changed her tune and redirected her to the very sunglasses that she asked about initially.

The actress shared that she isn't sure about the true reason for the sales associate's rude disposition.

Sidibe gets discriminated against for being both black and a plus size woman.

She wrote,

In the letter, she also details several similar shopping experiences, including a time when she was checking out a Dior lipgloss and an associate took it out of her hand and placed it back on display.

In 2016, she told People magazine about also having to block racist trolls on social media "every single day" who call her fat and sling racial slurs in her comments.

Size-shaming and racial discrimination aren't the actress' only fights.

Gabourey Sidibe has also been forthcoming about her mental health battle in her latest book, "This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare." She points toward therapy and antidepressants as her treatment methods.

It looks like Sidibe is also empowering herself in all of these areas with not only her self-care routine, but also by using her platform to speak out about what so many people face on such a regular basis.

And in case you're wondering: Yes, she still got her Chanel frames.

Most people would understand if she decided to leave the store and reserve her money for much better customer service, but Sidibe gave a pretty understandable reason why she still swiped her card at the luxe retailer.

She wrote,

Damn right, Gabby!

There's nothing like sending a big "fuck you" to ignorant stereotyping.