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Gabourey Sidibe: 'I hate red carpets'

Published 23/09/2016

Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe and Danielle Brooks have revealed what starring in Lane Bryant's powerful new campaign means to them.

Gabourey Sidibe can’t wait for red carpet moments to be over, as she doesn’t understand the point of them.

The American actress is often in the spotlight thanks to her steady workload, appearing in hit TV shows like The Big C, American Horror Story and Empire. Despite wowing in glamorous gowns, Gabourey admits she isn’t a big fan of parading herself in front of photographers.

“I like when red carpets are over,” she sighed to PeopleStyle. “I hate red carpets in general. I don’t understand them. Can’t we just go directly into the party or can’t we just sit and watch this movie already? So what I’m wearing a pretty dress? What are we doing?”

Gabourey isn’t against posing up in a more private space though and agreed to be one of the faces of Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody Is Made To Shine campaign, joining the likes of plus-size model Ashley Graham and fellow actress Danielle Brooks. The project aims to encourage larger ladies to feel confident in their own skin and puts the brand’s stylish clothing for sizes 14 to 28 on display.

“It’s lovely,” Gabourey smiled. “I’m very proud to take part in something I’ve fallen victim too. Plenty of times, I haven’t been able to wear certain clothes because they didn’t come in my size. It’s nice to be on the right side of the inclusion conversation.”

Orange Is the New Black star Danielle also gushed about being a part of such a prolific movement, praising Lane Bryant for putting plus-size in the spotlight. She’s glad she and her fellow campaign models have a “platform” to help ladies look at their bodies in a new way and is excited about the impact this venture will have.

“We want to do everything that we can to help push the needle in this world, especially I think Hollywood’s standards of beauty are messed up and they need to be shifted and change and somebody needs to go in there with a big old boulder and just knock it down,” she concluded.

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