A few months ago, no one had heard of Gabourey Sidibe. But that all changed with the release of Precious, the little film that, with the help of stamps of approval from Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, has gone on to win the young actress international acclaim. And in a new magazine photo shoot, the 26-year-old Brooklyn native is finally getting the glam treatment she deserves.

“I feel like a model,” Gabby exclaims in the Feb. 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. “It justifies everyone in my life who told me I wouldn’t be anything until I lost weight. It justifies that little girl who cried because she didn’t think she could be in front of the camera. And it’s for other girls who feel like they can’t do this or that and feel like they’re not pretty and not worthy of having their photo taken.”

On her favorite outfit, the red David Meister dress she wore to the L.A. premiere of Precious:
“It was so va va voom, my boobs looked so good in it. I had diamonds on too. Diamonds really do it.”

On her confidence:
“People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.”

On being excited about other big stars now in her orbit:
“Man! Justin Timberlake is always good. God, there are so many hot dudes in Hollywood right now. I’m such a fanny, fanny girl. Bradley Cooper. How hot is he?”

On her frustration with some media synopsis’ of Precious:
” ‘Gabby Sidibe is an overweight black girl who is illiterate and pregnant by her father,’ ” she parrots. “Look, I am black. I’m also overweight, but that’s not the point of the story. The point is the abuse and her bravery. This stuff happens to skinny people, to white people, to so many different people that they’ve missed the point if they say it’s about a fat girl.”

Gabourey Sidibe in Harper's Bazaar

Check out the entire interview and photoshoot in the Feb. issue of Harper’s Bazaar!

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