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200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
Gabourey Sidibe was born in Brooklyn in New York City, USA. She studied psychology before being cast in the titular role in the 2009 film Precious. Her debut performance earned critical acclaim, winning her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. For this role, she was also nominated for Academy, British Film and Television and Golden Globe Awards. Sidibe has since appeared in roles on film and television, including American Horror Story, Empire and The Big C. Her memoir This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare was released in 2017.