Designers refused to dress her for the Oscars

23:01, Jun 05 2014
Designers refused to dress her
GORGEOUS NOMINEE: Despite many designers turning her away, Melissa McCarthy ended up wearing a lovely, bling-tastic dusk pink Marina Rinaldi gown to the 2012 Oscars, where she was nominated for Bridesmaids.

Not only is Melissa McCarthy an amazing actress - Oscar nominated, we might add - and genuinely hilarious, she's also, refreshingly, the kind of person that calls a spade a spade. 

Two years ago when McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for her killing turn in Bridesmaids, it was almost impossible to find a fashion designer to dress her.

McCarthy covers the July issue of Redbook and in the interview spoke of the difficulty of finding a dress to wear to one of the biggest nights of her life.

"When I go shopping, most of the time I'm disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers - very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people - and they all said no."

If you are a fashion designer, getting a celebrity to wear one of your dresses to the Oscars should be the biggest of coups. Fashion designers should have been clambering to dress McCarthy. But McCarthy, as the world does not want anybody to forget is plus-size. And that is too big a hurdle for many designers who zealously, and foolishly, guard their 'brand' so as not to be tainted by bodies that do not fit the Hollywood ideal.

Despite her accomplishments, McCarthy, as The Gloss pointed out, never gets to be just an actress - and an accomplished one at that - but is always a 'plus-size actress':


"[McCarthy's] plus size figure is such a huge part of her image. She's not just an actress, she's a fat actress. She's not just hilarious, she's big and hilarious. Our culture's obsession with othering fat bodies causes us to think of Melissa as something totally alien from the other leading ladies in Hollywood", writes Hayley Hoover

So in the best solution to this problem, ever, McCarthy has decided to launch her own plus-size clothing line. Because as Kasey Edwards pointed out in her piece about the scarcity of actually nice plus-size clothes, there needs to be way more options in this category. And more designers willing - and able - to dress all kinds of bodies. 

In the Redbook interview McCarthy also spoke about how she doesn't let fame go to her head, and remains refreshingly down to earth.

She said of her daughter asking if she was a celebrity:

"She asked me, 'Are you famous?' And I said to her, 'Famous doesn't mean anything. Just because people know my face doesn't mean they know us or that it makes us any more interesting or better."

It must be said, however, that Melissa McCarthy is better than most.

For a sneak peek at the interview go to Redbook

- Daily Life