This is my opinion and I own it.

When I read the report that Gabby Sidibe was covering the 25th anniversary of Elle magazine’s October issue, I nearly jumped out of my office chair with utter excitement. To discover the Oscar-nominated uber talented actress would anchor an issue about Hollywood’s favorite 25 year-olds in celebration of Elle‘s quarter-life, well, this kind of made my still-fashionably tainted day.

But then I saw the cover. Sweet Jesus, be a fence! Who, what, when, and just why?

Gabby Sidibe’s hair has been flipped up and laid, particularly on her appearance on the “Oprah show.” We have also seen Gabby on a plethora of red carpets, giving it to em’; hands on hip, and that weave was just right. Now what happened at Elle? Gabby Sidibe is too poppin’ and Tinsletown buzzing to go out like that. The weave looks like an old used up brillo pad that has seen too many greasy pots and too many anti-humidity products.

I blame Gabby’s own team, her glam squad (she does have one right?), her BFF (you know every starlet has a sidekick on the set), and the entire Elle staff. I even blame the newly minted Black staffers, and the lone intern girl of color who likely giggled off on the side of the set, instead of quietly holding up a sign from the back of the room reading, “Gabby, girl, they got you looking wrong!”

Here we have yet another reason among a trillion why Black fashion, beauty, and creative directors are necessary. Clearly Elle dropped the cue or is on some demented hiring freeze.

The fashion industry is seemingly damned if they do, or damned if they don’t. We don’t want to come off ungrateful; we’d be the very ones complaining or dishing critical commentary on why no Black actresses are making glossy covers. We just ask one simple thing: always have an expert, weave/wig/Black hair specializing stylist on the set. Black women’s hair is sort of a serious matter.

Rant concluded. *turns and whips hair like Willow*

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  • Sikovit

    @Emelyne and ObesityIsADisease: Who are either of you to determine whether or not a woman who is fat can grace the cover of a magazine? I’m sick and tired of overly-critical/judgmental people who’ve never had a weight problem spewing out their rants about what is and is not acceptable for the rest of us. Yes, obesity is a problem, but so is bias toward others who don’t fit into this society’s ever-changing idea of “acceptability.” People need to be accepted for who they are and for what they bring to the table. Gabourey IS a talented young woman regardless of her size and we all should support her successes. Elle magazine should have done a much better job with preparing her for her photo shoot. There’s no excuse for a bad hair weave done by someone who obviously doesn’t know what they’re doing. If Gabourey were skinny with a bad weave, the results would be the same…it’s still a poorly-done magazine cover.

    • Emelyne

      As I have stated before in previous posts, I am not against a woman who is heavy or fat. I also said that I’d have LOVED to see Monique, Jill Scott, or Raven Symone on this cover. All 3 have years and even decades on Gabby as far as acting and Raven and Jill also have singing carrers. Are any of them thin? No. But the are not morbidly obese either. I may not have ever struggled with my weight, but I have friends who have and instead of just throwing up their hands and gorging themselves, they ate healthily and excersied. Gabby obviously suffers from compulsive overeating, but everyone’s dodging that to be PC. I personally struggle to keep weight on and so I go out of my way to strength train and build muscle and eat more so that I don’t look skeletal. Also, I do not find Gabby one bit pretty physically and the majority of Americans would agree, so regardless of anyone’s angle, I will not be bullied into saying that an unattractive, morbidly obese girl with a one-hit wonder acting “career” is a good role model for American teens (many of whom are overweight themselves) or deserving of a fashion cover over more fashionable and more deserving black actresses and singers.

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  • Whether they had a black fashion editor or a black beauty editor, I think they should hired a black hairstylist or someone with experience styling hair for women of color. I’ve been to a white salon before and they had absolutely no idea what to do with my hair. So it would have helped for them to hire a black hairstylist and even better to find out what Gabby’s beauty/styling needs would be before the photoshoot. We don’t wear our hair the same way and our skin needs different care as well. What looks hot on our fairer sister doesn’t always pull off on us.

  • Bumper

    I am sorry but this girl is obese and unattractive – I can’t think of one black woman who would want to look like her. I think most black young girls have enough self esteem not to look to her as a role model. I believe Elle portrayed her that way on purpose and they deserve all the criticism levelled at them, but what about Gabby herself? Is she blind? I know when I don’t look right in a photo and she should have had the sense to refuse permission for those awful pictures to be published. I feel she did herself a great dis-service.

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