Gabourey Sidibe Weight Loss, Haters and Recovery. See Sidibe’s New Body in Nylon PhotosFor 33-year-old actress Gabourey Sidibe weight loss has been a lifelong foe. However, like most things that the talented actress puts her mind to, she has conquered it. Over the past few months Gabourey Sidibe has quietly dropped the pounds and regained her health. Celebrating her success, the Oscar nominated actress covers Nylon magazine in an inspirational, tell-all cover story. For the cover image, Sidibe poses in an ethereal image with her wavy tresses blowing in the wind. Dubbed the Beauty Issue, the actress embraces her undeniable star power in a series of charismatic images. Showing off her new body, Gabourey Sidibe is brimming with an inspired confidence. Gabourey Sidibe found her remarkable performance in “Precious” to be both a blessing and curse. Despite her performance, critics were still full of remarks about her appearance. One particular incident involving a fashion magazine had a traumatic effect on the star. While visiting director Lee Daniels, Sidibe recalls a conversation that she overhead while Daniels was on a call in an adjacent room. She heard that editor tell Daniels that she was too overweight and too dark to be the cover girl. “It really devastated me,” she says. “I guess I thought that going from literally nothing to the lead in the movie would show people that I wouldn’t be just fat anymore, or at least that’s not the first thing people would think of me, that I’m not too fat or too black or ghetto or nappy—that wouldn’t be part of my narrative anymore, but it was.” How did Gabourey Sidibe lose so much wait? The “Empire” star shares that she reluctantly underwent laparoscopic weight loss surgery. After years of failed dieting, an eating disorder and diabetes, she felt it was time. Not for fans nor critics, but for herself. “You don’t get to talk about my body if you like it or not; it’s my body,” she says. “And yeah, I have been struggling with weight my entire life. I realize that as long as I have a body, it will be a struggle.” No matter what size she is, Gabourey Sidibe is truly a phenomenal woman. You can see more of her amazing weight loss photos in the gallery below. The full Nylon cover story is available on newsstands now.
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