Gabourey Sidibe Shares What 'Beautiful' Means to Her After Weight-Loss Surgery

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There's nothing like an awesome story centered around body positivity to get our day going! We love supporting other women on their journeys and are sending virtual love to actress Gabourey Sidibe, who's opening up about her weight-loss surgery she kept under wraps last May after struggling to lose weight on her own for more than 10 years. Needless to say, this Empire actress is looking to brighter days ahead filled with better health and self-love.


The 33-year-old recently opened up to People about the laproscopic bariatic surgery she underwent in response to the type 2 diabetes diagnoses both Gaby and her brother Ahmed received.

"I just didn't want to worry," Sidibe admitted. "I truly didn't want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes."

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Revealing she's battled anxiety, bulimia, and depression, Gabourey is marching to the beat of a new drum these days (she's changed up her eating and exercise habits) and seems to be shining with such beautiful self-confidence.

Get. It. Gurl!

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And, just in case you feel getting surgery is "the easy way out," dear Gaby has a message for you.

"The surgery wasn't the easy way out," Sidibe notes in her upcoming memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. "I wasn't cheating by getting it done. I wouldn't have been able to lose as much as I've lost without it."

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Let them know, Gaby.

The actress also tells People, "There's nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am -- and it's usually me -- is wasting her time. I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I'd started treating it better sooner, I wouldn't have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now."

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I've been a fan of Gabourey's for some time now. She has a tell-it-like-it-is approach to life that I can appreciate (she reminds me of one of my cousins) -- including this honest revelation that's wrapped in truth, pain, and hope, and which will likely inspire others to love themselves and take necessary health precautions if and when needed.

"It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful," Sidibe writes in her memoir. She continues:

I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.

.... I know I'm beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don't know about is the next body. I admit it, I hope to God I don't get skinny. If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I'll be over the moon! Will I still be beautiful then? Sh*t. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.

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Thank you, Gaby, for sharing your story. I celebrate the new chapter of your life with you and hope you continue to radiate beauty, from the inside out.

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