“I guess … did you ever watch the show Community? Ya know how the school’s mascot is the human being? I mean, I don’t want to be a grey faceless spandex blob like that, but I’d like to just be a human being. Not someone’s message or idea of what I stand for because of what I look like, just a human, how you’d paint me if I were anyone else.” — Gabourey Sidibe

When Painter Sam Spratt asked Gabourey Sidibe how she’d like to be portrayed in his latest piece she said, “I’d just like to be a human being. Not someone’s message or idea of what I stand for because of what I look like, just a human, how you’d paint me if I were anyone else.”

Sam Spratt

Sam Spratt

While other celebrities for the most, get to represent themselves on the red carpet, one could say Gabourey automatically becomes the face for big, dark-skinned women wherever she goes.

This painting is special in that, we see Gabourey in a way we haven’t previously seen her. There are no gimmicks or metaphors. She’s not standing for a cause or fighting for anything. She’s just Gabby.

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