14 11 / 2011

"When we use the language of fat hatred, claiming that health is a reason to run from Gaburey is nothing but a desperate search to avoid the hideous mammy characterization… The entity that needs to disappear is mammy and not Gabourey." —Womanist Musings

I was at first afraid of Gabourey Sidibe, who dared to be fat and Black and female in Hollywood. I was afraid of what that would mean for me.

I look up to Gabourey as a role model on my journey to a positive and fulfilling view of my body and I’m concerned about the reasons why she may now be losing weight. I feel the same way about Jennifer Hudson. If it’s her choice, like with Hudson, then I won’t say anything else about it, but I think it’s possible to smile and put on airs of confidence while at the same time, your mind is making the decision to give into the pressure around you. You just lose the weight, believing the whole time that it was natural conclusion to come to because you want to do it.

Gabourey is beautiful. One day I want to say the same thing about myself instead of just sometimes saying, “I look good! (for a fat one)”

"When we use the language of fat hatred, claiming that health is a reason to run from Gaburey is nothing but a desperate search to avoid the hideous mammy characterization… The entity that needs to disappear is mammy and not Gabourey." —Womanist Musings

I was at first afraid of Gabourey Sidibe, who dared to be fat and Black and female in Hollywood. I was afraid of what that would mean for me.

I look up to Gabourey as a role model on my journey to a positive and fulfilling view of my body and I’m concerned about the reasons why she may now be losing weight. I feel the same way about Jennifer Hudson. If it’s her choice, like with Hudson, then I won’t say anything else about it, but I think it’s possible to smile and put on airs of confidence while at the same time, your mind is making the decision to give into the pressure around you. You just lose the weight, believing the whole time that it was natural conclusion to come to because you want to do it.

Gabourey is beautiful. One day I want to say the same thing about myself instead of just sometimes saying, “I look good! (for a fat one)”

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