Melissa McCarthy wants to revolutionize the ways we talk about plus-size women’s fashion.
It’s been a busy summer for Melissa McCarthy. From starring in a hugely respected (and strangely successful) summer blockbuster, to launching her very own fashion line, to just generally being awesome, the actress and comedian has had a lot on her plate. Recently, however, the performer made headlines again when she announced that she wanted our culture to move away from the term “plus-size,” arguing that the label is divisive and misleading.
In an interview with Refinery29, McCarthy explained: “Women come in all sizes. Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange.” For McCarthy, separate sections aren’t really necessary—and they send a gratuitously negative message. “I just think if you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing,” she said. “Designers that put everyone in categories are over-complicating something that should be easy.”
McCarthy’s own line, available here and in major department stores, comes in sizes 4-28. The actress hopes she can work with major retailers to not only advertise her line, but dramatically shift the way stores position “plus-size” clothes. “I don’t like the segregated plus section,” McCarthy said. “You’re saying, ‘You don’t get what everybody else gets. You have to go shop up by the tire section.”
From the looks of McCarthy’s line, her clothes look exponentially better than “tires.” Check out more of Melissa’s awesome collection here.
(Via: Refinery 29)
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