Most of us got to know her in the lead role as an abuse survivor in the 2009 film Precious. Since then, we’ve seen her everywhere from the witty witch in American Horror Story to the indispensable assistant, Becky on Empire.
In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live she discussed once working as a phone-sex operator before her fame and success to make extra money. She delightfully giggled as she shared her stories, wearing a bright red short-sleeved dress, gold eyeshadow and small twists wrapped into a front updo.
Last year, she made headlines by announcing her weight loss surgery.
She clapped back against haters in a People Magazine interview by stating, “I just didn’t want to worry. I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.
What angers me about what people say about my body is that they assume that they care about my health more than I do. And that is impossible. You don’t care. You only care that you have a voice, and you think your voice gets to say something about me. “
She also recently published her memoir, This Is Just My Face. She “wrote every single word myself” about her unique family life and her truly unconventional rise to fame. We’re definitely here for more of her vibrant personality and awesome style.