Gabourey Sidibe Responds to “Vanity Fair” Snub
Vanity Fair unveiled its annual Young Hollywood cover a few weeks ago which featured nine thin, white actresses. While it is (unfortunately) more or less representative of the kinds of women who get the best roles, Gabourey Sidibe was noticeably absent. The 26-year-old certainly had a breakout year, earning a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.
Access Hollywood reports that although she was happy being a part of the magazine—she’s featured in a shoot with her Precious co-star Mo’Nique and director Lee Daniels—her cover exclusion did indeed cross her mind.
“I come from a world where I’m not on covers and I’m not in magazines at all,” Gabourey said at Monday’s Oscar Luncheon. “And so I was happy to be in the magazine. At first I thought, ‘Hmm, should I be there?’ Then I very quickly got over it. I think if I were a part of that shoot I would have felt a little left out anyway.”
I’m impressed by her positive attitude: “[It] doesn’t matter, because I wasn’t on it and I’m excited to be mentioned anywhere, and it doesn’t matter to me where I’m not mentioned,” she said. Still, it pisses me off. She was nominated for Best Actress! How is she not part of “Young Hollywood”?
(Photos: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair, Reuters)