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Academy Award nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe is well aware that her character “Precious” is used as a reference point to describe an less than ideal body type. Though she often speaks of herself confidently, the Precious star open up about her insecurities at the 2012 Women In Entertainment (WIE) Symposium in New York.

Gabby explained how her upbringing helped her deal with her now infamous role and the fallout that came after:

“I didn’t really get to grow up hearing that I was beautiful a lot, or that I was worth anything nor did I grow up seeing myself on TV. Then at some point when I was 21 or 22 I just decided that life wasn’t worth living if I wasn’t happy with myself so I just took all the steps that I could to figure out how to love myself and become confident. Truthfully speaking if I hadn’t found this person before that movie [Precious] I wouldn’t have even be in that movie.”

As for some of the flack she’s gotten, she revealed:

“People see me as a confident person but I get shaken a lot, especially being in this business. A few weeks ago I was on vacation and I went into a CVS and as I’m paying I see a picture of myself on the cover of a magazine and they’re guesstimating what my weight is? The headline was ‘Gabourey Sidibe 250 pounds.’”

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