An article I penned for The Douglas Review in May: Gabourey Sidibe’s Memoir Released  Gabourey-Sidibe-Memoir-Released-157189607 Gabourey Sidibe was probably sent to earth to show the rest of us how to live a truly authentic life. Her physical appearance is, to most people, the thing most remarkable about her. It is antithetical to everything our culture has trained us to value. Obese and dark skinned, she has nevertheless carved out a stellar career in an industry that celebrates thinness and fairness – especially for women.