Chanel Offers An Apology To Gabourey Sidibe Over Shopping While Black Incident

Earlier this week, we told you that Gabourey Sidibe shared a less than pleasant experience she had while shopping at a Chanel store in Chicago, where she films Empire. She said that while trying to buy some frames for herself and sandals for co-star Taraji P. Henson from the luxury boutique, a saleswoman did everything in her power to get Sidibe out of the store. Her methods included telling the star an establishment on the same block would be a better fit for what she was looking for.

“I’d love to pretend she was being polite, and I’m sure she would love to pretend she was polite, but she was actually condescending,” Sidibe wrote. “Explaining to me how exactly I should get across the street and out of her sight line, as if I were in kindergarten. I was trying to purchase glasses, and she was trying to get the interaction with me over as soon as possible. Just to be sure of what was happening, I made her tell me to leave, in her pretend-polite way, three times.”


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