‘I don’t understand why if you’re a certain size, designers think your taste level goes down and you have less money to spend,’ actress Melissa McCarthy said in a recent interview with Redbook. She continued: ‘The quality and construction is often so bad. Finding a great T-shirt or a great cigarette pant in a good fabric is next to impossible. Plus-size clothes are often really cheap and either look young or incredibly old.’
The Oscar-nominated actress says she finds it extremely difficult to get a designer to make her a garment to wear on the red carpet. It simply doesn’t seem to matter that she’s been nominated for and has won many accolades for her craft; the only thing that matters here is that she’s a plus-size woman.
‘Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me,’ McCarthy said. ‘I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.’ Is fashion becoming less progressive, or does the industry purposely want to exclude bigger women? It might be the latter, I think. Fed up with experiencing this constant sizeism, which excludes larger women from the fashion world, the actress decided to collaborate with dress designer Daniella Pearl to make a line of stylish clothing for plus-sized women.
Being a larger woman is without a doubt frowned upon; no matter whether in the entertainment industry or on the street. Pushed to the periphery for not fitting in with ‘normal’ standards of beauty, bigger women face some really ugly options for clothes. We keep on saying that most of these so called ‘plus-size’ women are more representative of the actual world we live in, yet there is still little for them to wear.