Gabby Sidibe in Bazaar: Curvy in Couture

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By Ophira Edut

As much as we criticize fashion magazines, now and then a small victory for body-love comes along. The February 2010 Harper’s Bazaar has jumped on the Precious-loving bandwagon by adorning breakout star Gabourney “Gabby” Sidibe in a red Tommy Hilfiger dress, with sparkly Harry Winston strands. I, for one, must give kudos to the magazine for giving this diva a moment of deserved glamour. Yes, we could argue that the cost of the clothes are prohibitive (suggesting that money is required to buy beauty), but hey. She’s a bona fide movie star, and they could have ignored her altogether.

Still, I reserve my gushing for the Precious star herself. What I love more than a large, confident woman swathed in red is Sidibe’s candid talk about her body image. She walked into this photo shoot already knowing she was beautiful, and standing for that. I’m quite sure if the stylist had handed her a muumuu, she would have refused it. The couture and ice were lovely extras, but in her mind, she’s entitled to the best, being the goddess that she is. Yes! Why don’t we all take that on for 2010, sisters – whether you’re fat, thin or anything in between? Beauty is your birthright. Claim it!

Some notable quotables from Sidibe:

“One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl.”

“It doesn’t make any sense to kill yourself, because who are you trying to be beautiful for? It’s a mind game, not a body game.”

“I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps.”

Rock on, sister! We body outlaws of the world truly have a precious new spokeswoman.

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