“What Matters is What You See.” {Gabourey Sidibe}

Via Tara Lemieux
on Jun 20, 2013
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“One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate it.”

~ Gabourey Sidibe

Best known for her role in the movie, Precious, Gabourey Sidibe is no stranger to the harsh criticisms of her Hollywood world. And in an industry dominated by images of ‘ideal’—Gabourey not only rose to the top, she redefined Hollywood’s view of ‘normal.’

In 2010, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the movie, Precious.

Shortly thereafter, and when asked how it was that she became such an inspirational symbol of self-love and empowerment, she replied,

“It was a happy accident, actually. People thought I should hate myself because I don’t look like ‘the norm,’ but what is the norm? I absolutely believe that you can be anything you want to be and should love yourself, no matter how you look or what anybody thinks.”

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About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at [email protected]. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


One Response to ““What Matters is What You See.” {Gabourey Sidibe}”

  1. Susan says:

    It's great that you have such a positive attitude – it shows! Although I haven't seen "Precious" yet, I absolutely adored you (&everyone else) on "The Big C". It was such a moving series that touched me deeply (having lost a sister to cancer in 2004 when she was just 47). Keep choosing such inspirational projects & letting your light shine!