So I recently wrote an article for AOL BV on Style on red carpet newcomer and Precious star Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe:
In the article, I highlighted Gabby’s ability to flatter her body type in monochromatic frocks and separates in slimming dark colors and silhouettes that skim over her curves:
While most times, she worked it in empire waist dresses and flattering shrugs, she did have a few misses:
But we all have off days (even if we’re Beyoncé), and all in all, I thought Ms. Sidibe represented well for Plus Sized Stylistas!
When a took a look at the comments, however, I was blown away by the range of emotions her mere presence elicits.
While some people said, “I am so glad to see a plus-size woman in the lime-light…we should have more models and actresses over a size 14!!!” others said, “She is GORGEOUS. I only want her to lose some weight for health reasons only, just like Monique did (who is still FABULOUS). She is a beautiful person, and she seems to have a beautiful spirit.” Some really went for a negative angle and said, “C’mon people…She is unhealthily FAT….If they were doing a documentary on obesity they would use somone like her.“
After Karl Lagerfeld’s comments and all the hubbub over skinny models, the negativity certainly doesn’t surprise me. While her health is a concern, I’m personally glad that someone like Gabby can represent flawlessly on the red carpet in glamorous looks that suit her youth, body, and rising star status.
There are some, however, that say that her size is setting a bad ‘example’ for others and that pretty dresses are simply covering up a serious health problem.
What is your take on this discussion?
Read the article and more comments here.