Go Melissa McCarthy! The ‘Spy’ actress has no time for the segregation of plus size clothing in stores and now, she’s hitting back at retailers in an attempt to get rid of the term altogether!
Is the plus-size section in stores about to become obsolete? That’s exactly what Melissa McCarthy, 44, is hoping to do with the launch of her long-awaited fashion collection, Melissa McCarthy Seven7. The star of the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters revealed in a new interview that she’s attempting to get rid of the term “plus-size” once and for all, claiming that it’s not only discriminatory, but also just plain bad for business.
“Women come in all sizes,”Melissa told Refinery29 in a recent interview. “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.”
“I also find it very bad business,” she continued. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense numbers-wise. It’s like, if you open a restaurant and you say, ‘We’re primarily gonna serve people that don’t eat.’ It’s like, what? You would be nuts. Yet, people do it with clothing lines all the time, and no one seems to have a problem with it. I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category. 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.”
Well said, Melissa! The funny woman and former Fashion Institute of Technology student continued to say that some “very big retailers” are going to help her “chip away” at how plus-size clothes are placed in stores, sparking what we hope may be an industry-wide revolution. “I don’t like the segregated plus section. You’re saying: ‘You don’t get what everybody else gets. You have to go shop up by the tire section,’” explained Melissa. “I’m not ready to announce them [the retailers] yet, but they agreed to just put me on the floor. I said, ‘Run the sizes as I make them and let friends go shopping with their friends. Stop segregating women.’ And they said, ‘Okay.’”
What a great way to kick off the promotion of her fashion line! The collection, which launches in August 2015 in retailers around the world, including Nordstrom, Macy’s, HSN, Lane Bryant and Evans, will come in sizes four through 28, making it an accessible option for all women. We know it will help out so many women get that extra confidence they need, and can’t wait to get our hands on her sophisticated basics and yes, even denim!
Tell us HollywoodLifers — should the term “plus-size” be phased out of fashion?
— Alyssa Montemurro