Gabourey Sidibe rose to stardom after her performance in the 2009 film, Precious. She has experienced difficulty with being scrutinized for being plus-sized but despite the discrimination, the 30-year-old actress is known for speaking out against her critics.
Sidibe plans to help girls and women share her self-confidence by creating a non-profit organization dedicated to building self-esteem in females. Sidibe has also expressed concern for cyber bullying after she herself received some personal attacks. Sidibe says, “I just joined Twitter and I’m getting the hang of it, but I still don’t like it. People who are complete strangers feel like they get to have an opinion on me when they really can’t. If we were in a restaurant together, [they] wouldn’t come say stuff like that to me!”
No moves have been made to start the organization yet but the actress continues to express plans to take action. When asked what the mission of the organization would be, Sidibe said, “It would be about building a good self image and really building confidence. I think that’s the most important thing that I have that I hold on to. It was the hardest thing that I ever had to build and it’s the hardest thing to maintain.”
The trend of promoting self-confidence is spreading across media outlets. From public service campaigns to Dove advertisements, young girls are being targeted in a way the media has not seen before. Sidibe wants to expand the trend to include women as well, not just young girls. “There are a lot of grown women who don’t know that they are worthy of love,” Sidibe explains.
The timeline for the organization is not yet set in stone. “I have not slowed down enough to really focus on that, but it’s something I do have plans to do,” Sidibe says.