I’m glad that people are giving half of a damb about Black women in TV and movies now. We’re showing up on more mainstream covers (well Kerry Washington is), and maybe Hollywood is finally realizing how much we rock (psht).
But one thing I don’t like is lazy inclusion. Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue includes a feature called “Singular Beauties” to celebrate the diversity of women. One of the ladies in the photo editorial is Gabourey Sidibe. YAYYY BLACK WOMAN! Except look at the picture of Gabby and take back the “YAY” and put it in your purse.
Ok WUT?!? This picture hurts my feelings from it’s sucktivity. This is a terrible picture because of reasons. Many reasons.
First of all, what were they going for here and did they feel like they were successful? Because unless their mission was to make us scowl, they have failed. Karl Lagerfeld shot this photo spread and he’s a fashion icon. But I must ask him “Sir, what is this?”
Why is Gabby’s hand up? It looks like she’s saying “Stop in the name of love” AND SHE’S BREAKING MY HEART!
And what is that thick, velvet fabric doing on her head? Who told them it was ok to drape Aladdin’s magic carpet gingerly over her head like a hijab? Is that a super thick sari? Again, WHAT ARE THEY TRYNA DO HERE?
But let’s not e’em talk about this ALPHET. Well, let’s. Why is she wearing a shapeless red leather jacket with a weird hanging shirt and faded black/gray leggings? Again, it’s giving me Aladdin tea with Jaafar swag. This outfit is so damb LAZY! You can’t tell me they tried to make this girl look awesome. No. They were like “So what’s Gabby’s gonna wear?” “Well, whatchu got that’s big?” AND THAT AIN’T RIGHT!
You know what hurts my heart the most? Those gahtdamb shoes, LAWD! They really got the nerve to put this woman in the black version of Minnie Mouse’s chunky chanclettas! If she can’t rock heels, then put her in some dope flats. They exist! Because what part of the game is this rubbish??
This is sabotage. Straight sabotage and I will not stand for it. So I’ma sit. \__
Why do folks be having Gabby Sidibe outchea so bogus? Did she piss a union of stylists off? Did they all get together and promised to put her in the worst alphets ALLATAHM? They STAY having her in terrible ensembles so it’s not like it’s the first time.
Someone gotta look out for my girl, Gabby, man. Because NAWL! Big girls can be FIERCE too! Look at Monif C’s entire clothing line. Amazing.
I feel like they just said “Fuck effort” when styling and shooting Gabby and I don’t like it. Not one measly bit. Do better, folks! And stop short-changing plus size women all the gahtdamb time! And if they are going to include my plus size sisthrens, then they better at least TRY. Shit.
Chile… maybe Gabby herself needs to also start telling people “NAWL, I ain’t wearing that.” Iunno but she can’t keep letting folks dress her up in muu muus and such.
Anywho, whatcha’ll think of this photo? Am I the only one who isn’t here for this? Because they are petty. (-___-)
If you see what the other pics in the issue looks like, you’ll realize how messy Gabby’s is. See the pics on GossipDavid.com.