Gabourey Sidibe, 39, makes history with unconventional 'Brides' cover: 'I’m super against tradition'

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For Gabourey Sidibe, first comes love — then comes a magazine cover. The actress appears in Brides this month, making history as the first curvy Black woman to be featured, wearing unconventional wedding gowns like a yellow tulle number and African print long-sleeved dress.

The fashion fits with Sidibe's vision for her nuptials. "I’m super against tradition," she told the publication. "I definitely don't need a white dress." But she's not stopping at the style, eschewing bridesmaids and a bachelorette party too. "It cannot be a traditional wedding. Really, it can't be. I don’t want anything done the 'traditional' way. Our relationship is very much on our terms and I want it to be fun, like a true party."

The 39-year-old and fiancé Brandon Frankel have their sights set on spring 2023 for a wedding. But there's still a possibility the pair, who met on high-profile dating app Raya, will just elope. "The entire time we have been engaged, I've always been like, 'No, we shouldn't have a wedding.' Maybe we'll throw a barbecue, get married in the bathroom, and then we'll come out and tell everyone we're married."

(Photo: Erich McVey for Brides
(Photo: Erich McVey for Brides

No matter what though, Sidibe is not trying to host the next Project X for clout-chasing strangers, revealing that intimacy is a top priority for the couple. "I literally want 20 people there or like 75 max. Either way, a very, very select number of people who want to celebrate us, not like seeking attention."

(Photo: Erich McVey for Brides
(Photo: Erich McVey for Brides

Ordinary markers of the big day are not necessary for Sidibe. Instead, she wants to focus on celebrating a moment that, for a while, she didn't think would come, revealing that there were times she didn't think long-term partnership was something she would get to experience.

"I couldn't imagine dating someone I actually liked. Turns out, totally possible! So, I'm really happy to have been wrong about where I saw my life going, partnership-wise. [Brandon] is an incredible, incredible partner."

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