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Gabourey Sidibe Reveals the Secret behind her Confidence

May 5, 2014 Rihanna, Gabourey Sidibe

We asked Gabourey Sidibe what’s the secret behind her confident demeanour?

A questions she often gets asked by people and Gabourey answered it in a stylish way last night at the Ms. Foundation for Women's Gloria Awards and Gala which was also an 80th birthday celebration for feminist extraordinaire Gloria Steinem.

“I'm an a—hole! Okay?" Sidibe playfully declared more than once during her heartfelt outpouring. "It's my good time, and my good life, despite what you think of me. I live my life, because I dare. I dare to show up when everyone else might hide their faces and hide their bodies in shame..."

"I show up because I'm an a—hole, and I want to have a good time."

Gabourey said she never let people intrude the fun in her life and spoke about a fifth-grade holiday party when she baked cookie for all the classmates, but ended up eating them all by herself because the other kids did not like her.

"Why didn't they like me? I was fat, yes. I had darker skin and weird hair, yes. But the truth is; this isn't a story about bullying, or color, or weight. They hated me because... I was an a—hole!

She continued to explain why she was persona non grata from the fourth to the sixth grade: "I was a snob. I thought I was better than the kids in my class, and I let them know it. That's why they didn't like me."

But she says her former classmates may be the reason she is so popular and successful today.

"I'm grateful to them, and to my fifth-grade class, because if they hadn't made me cry, I wouldn't be able to cry on cue now [Dabs tears]."

The 30-year-old actress pressed on, "If I hadn't been told I was garbage, I wouldn't have learned how to show people I'm talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn't have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn't told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn't tried to break me down, I wouldn't know that I'm unbreakable," she said, dabbing at tears.

"So when you ask me how I'm so confident, I know what you're really asking me: How could someone like me be confident?"

"Go ask Rihanna, a—hole," she hilariously concluded as she wrapped up her girl power presentation.

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