You go, girl! Gabourey Sidibe revealed she underwent weight loss surgery last year — and today, the 35-year-old actress is looking (and feeling) better than ever. In her latest selfie, Gabourey flaunts her impressive transformation while celebrating Juneteenth and her fans could not get enough.
“You looking good girl,” one follower enthusiastically wrote before another added, “Wow… the weight loss surgery and diet control is showing good results! Awesome Gabby!” Despite her lifestyle change, Gabourey has been very open about her past struggles with eating disorders, diabetes, and failed dieting. And while she loves her fans’ support, she won’t stand for negative comments.
“You don’t get to talk about my body if you like it or not; it’s my body,” the Empire star told Nylon last year. “And yeah, I have been struggling with weight my entire life. I realize that as long as I have a body, it will be a struggle.”
Gabourey may have skyrocketed to fame with her lead role in the 2009 film Precious, but the Brooklyn native was upset by the fact that she had proven her talents but wasn’t getting the recognition she felt she deserved. After overhearing a Hollywood big wig claim she was too overweight to be on the cover of a magazine, Gabourey realized her size was holding her back. “It really devastated me,” she said. “I guess I thought that going from literally nothing to the lead in the movie would show people that I wouldn’t be just fat anymore, or at least that’s not the first thing people would think of me, that I’m not too fat or too black or ghetto or nappy — that wouldn’t be part of my narrative anymore, but it was.”
After undergoing the surgery and successfully slimming down, it’s clear her hard work has paid off. Although the pressures of Hollywood played into her transformation, in an interview with People, she pointed to health as her main inspiration. “I just didn’t want to worry,” she said. “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes… The surgery wasn’t the easy way out. I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”
But don’t expect the Oscar nominee to reveal her weight any time soon. “My starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal,” she explained. “If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down.” Whatever the number on the scale is, there’s no denying that Gabourey looks amazing! Scroll through the gallery below to see Gabourey’s transformation over the years.