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Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe Shuts Down Body-Shamers

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NPR recently conducted an interview with 34-year-old actress Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe to talk about her new book “This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.”

In the book, Sidibe reflects on her breakout role in the 2009 film “Precious,” which earned six Oscar nominations. In the book she discusses the hurdles she’s had to face on her rise to stardom, in particular the body-shaming.

The actress states that she’s always been criticized for her size. She doesn’t let haters bring her down though, and a chapter in her book titled MYOB (“Mind your own body”) goes into depth about her opinions on fat-shamers.

“It’s important because I don’t happen to have the kind of body that we usually see on television and in films,” Sidibe says. “I am plus-size, I have dark skin and I am 100 percent beautiful, but I get a lot of flak. ‘Oh, you should lose weight.’ And now that I have lost weight – I lost weight for health reasons – I get, ‘You look good, but don’t lose too much weight because your face is starting to sink in.’”

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Sidibe says she finds it odd when people congratulate her on her weight loss. She comments, “that’s a weird thing to congratulate me on because this is my body.”

When Sidibe talked to NPR about the “MYOB’ chapter she wanted to make it clear that it’s not just men who body shame women. She says, “It’s not just the male gaze, it’s like the human gaze. People do this to me. People stare at me.”

Her final response to haters says it all:

“This has been my body since I was 5-ish, you know? It’s been a 30-year thing of other people putting their own stuff on my body. But it’s mine, so I will police it, thank you.”


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Katy Perry’s Emotional Performance at the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert Will Not Be Forgotten

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During her performance Sunday at the One Love Manchester benefit concert, Katy Perry gave an emotional speech to the crowd of 60,000 people.

“It’s not easy to always choose love, is it? Especially in moments like these, right? It can be the most difficult thing to do. But love conquers fear, love conquers hate,” she said. “And this love that you choose will give you strength. It’s our greatest power.”

Then, she asked the crowd to participate in a “little exercise in love.” She explained, “Just touch the next person, touch a person next to you. Make human contact. Tell them ‘I love you.’ Look in their eyes. Say ‘I love you.’ Do it. Everyone out there, everyone at home. I encourage you to choose love even when it’s difficult. Let no one take that away from you.”

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Katy wore a white dress decorated with photos of the victims from the May 22 Manchester attack. She performed “Roar” as well as a stripped-down version of “Part of Me.”

The 3-hour show also featured appearances from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Little Mix and more.

Dozens of celebrities performed at the benefit, raising nearly $3.5 million according to the British Red Cross. Sunday’s event brings the total dollar amount raised to more than $12 million.

All profits will benefit the Manchester Emergency Fund. The fund was created by the Red Cross and the Manchester City Council following the bombing.


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You Can Now Buy Rihanna’s Newest Releases From Her Fenty PUMA 2017 Collection

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Not so long after Rihanna’s last shoe release, she’s back to with another drop from her Fenty PUMA 2017 spring/summer collection.

The collection, inspired by Marie Antoinette, ranges from headwear to sneakers to cozy apparel. At Paris Fashion Night back in March, Rihanna first presented her collection at the Bibliotheque National de France.

Before the show, Rihanna explained why the collection is her favorite yet. “There’s a lot of simple things and then a lot of complicated, more exaggerated pieces that combine really well together,” she said. “That’s my favorite thing to do. I’ve never been in love with a collection more than this one.”

As far as clothing goes, Rihanna has released three slim-fit Sleeveless Cropped Crew Necks which are sure to be a hit as the weather continues to warm up.

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“When I was in school, it was always my dream to be able to dress up in whatever I wanted,” she said in a statement. “But in Barbados it was mandatory to wear a school uniform, so I had so much fun this season creating these back-to-school inspired looks, and I’m honored to present the collection in such a majestic national monument.”

She’s also created a lineup of satin caps, front-lacing hoodies, hockey tees, ruffle backpacks, and even an embroidered lace durag.

Priced at around €44 to 68 EUR, Rihanna’s new gear is now available through select retailers.

Rihanna described the collection’s style by saying, “as if Marie Antoinette went to the gym!” Pastel streetwear with embellishments like bows make up the bulk of the collection.


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Rihanna’s New Makeup Line Will Be Released This September

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When Rihanna announced her own makeup line, Fenty Beauty, last year, fans were pretty pumped.

The new makeup line is a collaboration with the Kendo division of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the company which also owns Sephora.

Fenty Beauty’s official drop date is scheduled for this fall, according to a series of viral posts on Rihanna’s social media channels. This is the first update since February, when Fenty put out a casting call for makeup artists.

Rihanna also has made an appearance of Fenty PUMA’s Instagram page, expressing how exciting she is for the collection in a video clip.

“As you guys may have heard already, I am working on creating a beauty line, Fenty Beauty, and I can’t wait for you guys to see what I’ve been working on,” she says in the clip. “I’m super excited about it.”

The first Fenty PUMA product to be revealed on Instagram was a holographic lip color Rihanna sported at the spring 2017 runway show.

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While an exact date for the collection’s release has not yet been announced, we can expect to first see it around September. Unfortunately, Rihanna’s new line will not be available in her native country of Barbados.

With a tagline like “the new generation of beauty,” we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the star’s latest collection!

Last April, luxury cooperation LVMH signed Rihanna to develop the line for a whopping $10 million. The line will be developed with Kendo, who is the original private label development department of Sephora. Kendo is additionally behind Marc Jacobs Beauty and Kat Von D Beauty.

With seven fragrances already under her belt, as well as several MAC collections, Rihanna’s bound to have another huge success on her hands with the Fenty Puma 2017 collection.

You can check out the collection’s official website here.


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