Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy Says ‘Plus-Size’ Labeling Of Clothes Is Demeaning

Actor/comedian Melissa McCarthy wants people to know that women come in all shapes and sizes, and they should all be able to find something that fits, and is stylish.

“It’s as if as soon as you are over a size 10, you should lose your sense of style,” she told USA Today.“Women come in all sizes. That’s the most logical thing. That’s the big part of the fun for me, making clothes for all women.”

Before she was an actor and stand-up comedian, she was studying fashion and design. She took a strange detour away from design, but now she is back, somewhat out of necessity. She says that she should have just lent her name to another designer, but she wanted to have something that she truly molded.

As reported in the Inquisitr, McCarthy debuted a 50 pound weight loss at the premiere of her movie, Spy, and also debuted her clothing line by wearing a piece on the red carpet. Her new company is called Melissa McCarthy Seven7, and it is meant for every woman of every size to “feel good in what they are wearing.”

McCarthy explained to Time that designers put women into categories, and “make things that should be easy very complicated.” She believes that right now, stores are “segregated.”

“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,” she told Refinery29. “I just think, if you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing. Designers that put everyone in categories are over-complicating something that should be easy.”

McCarthy is trying to level the playing field, so that women over size 10 can get what everyone else gets. Just because you are larger than a model, doesn’t mean you have to give up on looking stylish.

The idea that some women “are not worthy” strikes a chord with McCarthy, who has been through changes in sizes, and has struggled to find something to wear for events like awards shows and red carpets. As of this week, her line can be found at Nordstroms and on Home Shopping Network.

Do you agree with Melissa McCarthy that plus-sized is a nasty term?

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