“This Skin is What I am, and This is What I’m Going To Present” – Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy Star Redefines Beauty Standards

ChandraDanette Wilson  is an American actress and director, known for her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey in the ABC television drama Grey’s Anatomy which has been airing since 2005, for which she has been recognized and awarded globally.

On her success with her character on Grey’s Anatomy; initially, Chandra didn’t fit the physical description for her character, as the character of Dr. Miranda Bailey, was pictured a petite, blonde woman, but Wilson’s agent and manager encouraged ABC to let her audition for the part and she got the part! On this she says:

“One of the things that I had to put away a long time ago is whether I was gonna be right because if I had spent time looking in the mirror, spent time standing on the scale, I never would have done anything,” Wilson said. “So, I had to allow myself to say right here in this skin is what I am. And this is what I’m going to present.”

Over the years, Wilson has taken up activism for the cause of cyclic vomiting syndrome, an uncommon disorder affecting both children and adults and characterized by recurrent, episodes of severe nausea and vomiting and serves as the spokesperson for the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association. For the ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy, Wilson met with the producers and pitched the idea of featuring cyclic vomiting syndrome in an upcoming episode. The episode, “Second Opinion”, aired on November 15, 2012 and was directed by Wilson.

She is also an advocate for people with mental and/or substance use disorders. In 2015, she hosted the 10th Annual Voice Awards event for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for her acting as well as directing, including The Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, NAACP Image and a Primetime Emmy Nomination.

Parts of this article was culled from www.buzzfeednews.com

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