So after partying it up for New Years, I settled in for a few fun movies, and finally watched Precious starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique, Lenny Kravitz, and more! The fantastic tale of strength in the face of tremendous adversity was ultimately a feel good movie for me, as it allowed me to look at my life and feel grateful in comparison for all my blessings.
Of course I had to take to the ‘net to read a few reviews, and came across this wonderful article in the New York Times Magazine called “The Audacity of Precious” by the magazine’s Editor at Large, Lynn Hirschberg. In it, the author talks about Lee Daniels, the films director and producer, and about how the movie came together. Of course few believed in the project initially, but after Daniels found funding, he eventually received the support of Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, who signed on to be executive producers. While most in Hollywood happily jumped on the Precious bandwagon, surprisingly, Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley did not.
In the film, the protagonist Claireece Jones daydreams to escape the drudgery of her everyday life. In her fantasies, she dances next to her good looking boyfriend, attends movie premieres, and participates in fashion shoots. Apparently Daniels asked ALT to participate in one of these fictional scenes, and “… Talley looked at a clip of Sidibe from the movie and declined.”
The article doesn’t cite a particular reason why, but I can only assume that Vogue wouldn’t want their name associated with a film about an obese, abused girl from the ghetto. Perhaps participating in the designer label heavy Sex and the City movies is more in line with their bottom line?
What do you think?
Read the (great) article here.
Photo Credit : Robert Maxwell for The New York Times & Source