“Gabourey Sidibe’s delightful memoir offers a memorable look into what happens when a black girl’s dreams come true, from the inside out. Sidibe is fearless, incredibly funny, and gorgeously open. What she offers of herself in these pages is a gift.”—Roxane Gay
In This Is Just My Face, Gabourey Sidibe—the “gives-zero-effs queen of Hollywood AND perceptive best friend in your head” (Lena Dunham)—paints her unconventional rise to fame with full-throttle honesty. Sidibe tells engrossing, inspiring stories about her Bed-Stuy/Harlem/Senegalese family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway, her first job as a phone sex “talker,” and her Oscar-nominated role in Lee Daniels’s Precious. Sidibe’s memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, celebrity, weight, haters, fashion, race, and depression (“Sidibe’s heartfelt exploration of insecurity . . . makes us love her” —O Magazine). Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, This Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.
“This memoir [is] a book you will want to give your daughter.” —New York Times
“Sidibe’s hilarious Twitter account is no fluke—the Empire actress’s memoir about growing up in New York City and finding unexpected fame in Hollywood is sharp, witty, and wonderfully substantive.” —Entertainment Weekly
GABOUREY SIDIBE is an award-winning actress who is best known for the title role of Precious. She has since starred in American Horror Story: Coven, Difficult People, and as Becky on Fox’s smash-hit sensation Empire, and recently made her directorial debut with the short film The Tale of Four. She was born in Brooklyn and raised in Harlem, New York. GABOUREY SIDIBE is an award-winning actress who is best known for the title role of Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire. She has since starred as Queenie in FX’s American Horror Story: Coven andDenise in Difficult People, and can currently be seen as Becky on Fox's smash hit sensation Empire. This Is Just My Face is her first book.
Table of Contents
1 Claw-foot Tub and Mermaid Tail 1
2 Virgin fo' Life 11
3 Why You Shouldn't Marry for a Green Card 22
4 A Psychic Told Me So 42
5 #BlackGirlMagic 50
6 Make a Wish 62
7 Parade of Ugly 73
8 A Door of One's Own 82
9 Obituary 89
10 Gabourey, But You Can Call Me Gabby 104
11 MYOB: Mind Your Own Body 118
12 Twelve Sixty-six 134
13 Is This a Date? 155
14 Another Psychic Told Me So 175
15 Head of Household 195
16 Senegalese Crown 208
17 Will I Still Be Beautiful When I'm Not Fat? 214
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