As a blizzard blanketed New York City, a 57-year-old woman trudged through the snow on her way to work.
âSo, you come out rain or shine?â asked INSIDE EDITIONâs Megan Alexander.
âYes...Iâm like the mailman!â she said.
She's pulling a suitcase, carrying everything she needs for her job.
At the Union Square subway station in Manhattan she takes the elevator down and then she sets up her equipment. A crowd forms around her and then she begins to sing.
Sheâs the mother of OscarÂ®-nominated Gabourey Sidibe, the star of Precious.
âShe's pretty incredible,â said an onlooker.
âWhat's it like to watch your daughter walk the red carpet at these award shows?â Alexander asked Alice Tan Ridley.
âMy jaws hurts from smiling so much,â said a smiling Ridley.
Ridley is a former teacher's aide. She says growing up Gabby fought back tears about her weight.
âShe has such strong confidence...whatâs the secret?â Alexander asked.
âI tell her, âYou have to love yourself, honey. God made everybody in the world. You feel like youâre gorgeous? Be gorgeous,' â says Ridley.
So while all of America embraces a rising new star, her proud mother entertains people in her own special way.