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    Wendy Williams Understands Why People Think She's a Man: "I Get It. I've Got a Strong Face"

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    Wendy Williams doesn't care if you try to insult her by saying she looks like a man.

    During an interview with ABC News this week, the 49-year-old talk show host was asked about transgender star (and Emmy nominee!) Laverne Cox, but talk quickly turned to haters who question Williams' own gender and sexuality.

    "People do think I was born a man," Williams said with a smile. "That is absolutely not [true]. I get it. I've got a strong face, a strong body, I'm 5'11". I wear wigs. I get it."

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    "Do I get upset with it? No," she went on. "I get where that comes from, but in my opinion, there's no worse way to insult a woman than to say she looks like a man, but once a woman gets over that, there is no stronger woman. It rolls off her back when you say it. There's nothing you can call me at this particular point. I've been dealing with this for decades."

    Williams revealed that growing up, her parents "fat shamed" her. She also said she never felt like one of the cool kids which is one of the reasons why she doesn't like the spotlight when she's not taping her show.

    "I had a very tortured childhood, " the funnylady explained. "I didn't grow up the popular girl, or the popular cheerleader. I've never been to a prom, I didn't have a lot of boyfriends, so I'm used to being on this side of life."

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