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Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009), is a native of the Bedford Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer while her father is a Senegalese cab driver. Her parents split when she was a youngster and Gabby grew up in Harlem. Though she was cast in school plays as a child, Sidibe had no interest in acting. She had witnessed her mother's financial struggles as a street singer and wanted the security that an education and a desk job would give her. After attending local colleges, Gabby pursued a degree in psychology at Mercy College. She was in the middle of preparing for an exam when a friend phoned her about an audition for the newest effort from Lee Daniels.
Instead of attending class, she ended up being cast in the title role as Claireece "Precious" Jones, a taciturn, sixteen year-old who is pregnant for the second time after being raped by her father and is also on the receiving end of constant physical abuse by her mother. As grim as the subject matter is, Precious has become critical success and a source of inspiration for many. While her co-stars, Mo'Nique and Mariah Carey have both received a great deal of critical attention, it is Gabby who is the revelation as Precious, a character whose personality is quite different from her own. Anyone expecting a damaged young woman with no self-esteem is in for a shock after meeting the charming Sidibe. She hopes that her success in the film will motivate others to chase their dreams.
I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don't like myself, there's no reason to even live the life. I love the way I look. I'm fine with it. And if my body changes, I'll be fine with that.
“People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. 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.”
On posing for Bazaar:“I feel like a model. It justifies everyone in my life who told me I wouldn’t be anything until I lost weight. It justifies that little girl who cried because she didn’t think she could be in front of the camera. And it’s for other girls who feel like they can’t do this or that and feel like they’re not pretty and not worthy of having their photo taken.”
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Ann Arbor, Michigan songwriter Marc Holland is as proud of that little clip as he is of anything he's done in a lifetime of show business. All he's ever wanted to do was make people laugh. The Big-Ass song (people around town call him "that big-ass songwriter") came about because of something his wife Kathy suggested after he wrote a birthday song for a friend called "Women Over Forty (Turn Men On)". Kathy told him there were enough men out there writing songs that disparaged women and that he should really do more songs for the over-40 set or the women concerned about their weight, in short, the ones that are nearly always the butt of jokes (please pardon the pun).
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