Gabourey Sidibe says her race and her weight might have made sales reps to discriminate against her in high-end stores.
Sidibe, who gained fame in Lee Daniels’ film Precious, said that a saleswoman in a Chanel store in Chicago brushed her away from a till as she shopped for shades.
She wrote in an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter: “She greeted me, but the look on her face told me that she thought I was lost. had been at her display for less than a minute, and she was literally directing me to another store.”
She also added that the woman’s attitude changed when some other sales reps in the store recognized her.
She wrote: “All of a sudden, the woman who had pointed me out of the store let me know that even though they didn’t have eyeglasses, the shades they carried actually doubled as eyeglass frames, so I should take a look at the shades I’d come to look at in the first place. Just like that, I went from being an inconvenience to a customer.”
She ended up purchasing two Chanel sandals (one for her Empire co-star Taraji P. Henson) as well as two pairs of sunglasses.
The actress also said that something like this had happened at a Dior store in New York.
She wrote that the salesperson “literally took a [lip] gloss out of my hand”.
The 34-year-old actress also revealed: “I suspect it’s because I’m black, but it could also be because I’m fat. Maybe my whole life, every time I thought someone was being racist, they were actually mistreating me because I’m fat. That sucks too. That’s not O.K.”
A Chanel spokesperson has since issued an apology to Gabourey Sidibe.
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