While that film jumpstarted her performing career, Sidibe disclosed that Joan Cusack had once told her to stop the entertainment industry. She promised Cusack told her, “Oh honey, you really ought to leave the company. It’s so picture-aware.”
But Sidibe didn’t stop, and since Precious, she’s been on Empire as well as the American Horror Story franchise. Through it all, Sidibe carried an assurance that many folks believed difficult to understand.
Although Sidibe was assured in her body and adored herself, she was realistic in recognizing that she wanted help losing some weight. This past year, she experienced weight loss surgery, and she’s now opening up about that, and a lot more in her new memoir This Is Only My Face: Strive Not To Stare. Here are some photos of Gabourey Sidibe weight loss before and after.
The 33-year old determined to get laparoscopic bariatric surgery after she and her older brother Ahmed, 34, were both diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. “I only didn’t like to stress. I didn’t like to worry about all of the effects that go along with diabetes. I am honestly worried constantly about losing my toes.”
Sidibe had attempted for the previous decade to slim down naturally. She mentioned the age of six as the very first time she started fighting with her look. Along with that, she fought wars inside herself. After her parents, Alice and Ibnou divorced, she started fighting with depression, stress, and bulimia. She managed to beat these with treatment, but she wanted additional aid in losing the weight, and that’s the reason why she secretly had surgery in May 2016.
“My surgeon said they’d cut my belly in half. This would restrict my hunger and ability to eat. My brain chemistry would transform, and I’d need to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food necessary to change,” she wrote in her novel.
“The operation wasn’t the simple way out. I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. Didn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”
Start at Empire, Sidibe started working with a nutritionist as well as a trainer, who upped her fitness regimen to include swimming and riding a tricycle around the set.
“It’s taken me years to recognize that what I was born with is all wonderful. I didn’t get this operation to be fantastic. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I’d like to do a cartwheel. I need not be in pain whenever that I walk up a flight of stairs.”
Sidibe is dedicated to slimming down, even ten months after her operation. She establishes personal goals for herself, and once she reaches them, she places another.
In the memoir, she writes about her ideas going into the operation. “I understand I’m amazing in my present face and my present body. What I don’t understand about is the following body.”
“I confess it, I trust to God I don’t get lanky. If I actually could lose enough to merely be somewhat chubby, I’ll be over the moon! Will I still be amazing afterward? S—. Likely. My attractiveness doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.”
“There’s nothing nasty about me. Anyone attempting to convince me that I ‘m—and it’s me—is wasting her time. I was in a war with my body for quite a long time. If I’d began handling it better earlier, I don’t have spent so many years hating myself. However, I adore my body now.”
This Is Only My Face: Do Your Best Not To will be available in May.
In September, just a couple of months after Gabourey’s secret operation, she debuted her slender new appearance for the Lane Bryant #ThisBody effort. It’s safe to say that despite her initial reservations about the process, she turned out to adore her body following the operation also, and she’s going to continue to adore it until—and after—she reaches her target weight.
“I have a target right now, and I’m nearly there. And then once I’ve got it, I’ll place another. On her social media, supporters can’t help but gush over how proud they’re that Gabourey worked hard to get to this stage. Her transformation is spectacular.