Imagine being nominated for not one, but TWO Grammy awards, and designers refusing to dress you because you’re “too big!” This is exactly what happened to Bebe Rexha when she revealed that designers are refusing to dress her because she’s a size eight. And unfortunately, this is a problem many celebrities so often struggle with.
From Megan Mullally to Leslie Jones, there are many celebrities who have claimed designers refused to style them for important events because of their size. And while this might not be a big problem for celebrities, it’s definitely an issue that needs to be addressed.
1. Melissa McCarthy
The Bridesmaids‘ star revealed for the 2014 issue of Redbook that she couldn’t find one designer to make her a custom gown for the 2012 Oscars ceremony. For the event, McCarthy wore a Marina Rinaldi dress from the ready-to-wear line that is sold in department stores, according to Washington Post.
I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no.
2. Leslie Jones
Actress and comedian, Leslie Jones, was having a hard time finding a dress for her movie premiere, Ghostbusters. Back then, Jones tweeted saying there’s not one designer “wanting to help,” adding “Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”
However, celebrity stylist, Jessica Paster, speaking to The Hollywood Reported, defended the designers, saying:
She should have known four to five months ago the date of [the] premiere, and said, ‘I’m not a sample size, I need to go to designers early or buy myself a dress.’ Don’t be blaming designers and saying they don’t like you.
Jeanne Yang, The Hollywood Reporter’s stylist, also reacted on the matter:
It’s just pure economics. People have this belief that showrooms and designers have racks and racks of clothing in all sizes. They don’t.
According to Vogue, less than an hour after Jones’ tweet, Christian Siriano reached out to the actress about styling her for the premiere.
3. Megan Mullally
Back in December, Mullally took to Instagram to speak out about designers not being interested to dress her for an event she was going to host.
She captioned the post:
… looks like I will be buying my dress online though, as per my usual, even though there is literally a 100% chance that I will be on camera because I’M HOSTING IT… Designers do not send me dresses …
And once again, Siriano came to the rescue, offering the Will & Grace star a dress for the event, according to USA Today.
4. Octavia Spencer
Spencer was nominated many times back in the award season in 2012, and it was the same year the actress was struggling to find a dress for the Golden Globes.
Speaking to THR reporters at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Spencer said:
I’m just a short chubby girl. It’s hard for me to find a dress to wear to something like this! It’s a lot of pressure, I’ll tell ya. No designers are coming to me! Maybe I should have sworn off peanut butter last year instead of this year.
Luckily for her, Spencer ended up winning the Golden Globe for the Best Supporting Actress that year for her role as Minny Jackson in The Help.
5. Ashley Graham
In 2016, the curvy model revealed for The Cut that although she’d been ‘on hold’ for the Met Gala, she ended up not attending because none of the designers would dress her.
I couldn’t get a designer to dress me. You can’t just show up in jeans and a T-shirt.
On January 2017, Graham appeared on the cover of British Vogue. The former editor-in-chief Alexandra Schulman pointed out to designers who wouldn’t send samples for the model, saying:
The shoot was put together fairly last-minute and we are all very grateful to the people at Coach who, under the creative direction of Stuart Vevers, moved speedily to provide clothes for us that had to come from outside their sample range.
They were enthusiastic about dressing a woman who is not a standard model, but sadly there were other houses that flatly refused to lend us their clothes.
6. Rachel Bloom
When it came to the 2017 Emmys, the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star, Rachel Bloom had to buy her own Gucci gown as the designers were not willing to dress her for the event, according to Vogue.
On the red carpet, Bloom told E!’s, Giuliana Rancic that she bought the dress because Gucci “is not lending me a dress.”
7. Danielle Brooks
The “Orange Is The New Black Star” revealed for Vogue, that none of the ‘big-name’ designers were willing to dress her “no matter how many SAG awards, Tony nominations, Grammy wins; it doesn’t matter.”
When I first started, I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be so inclusive with my style and it was really hard. I haven’t been given an opportunity to wear these big-name designers, it has never been an option whether I had a stylist or didn’t.
Brooks has been styled by Christion Siriano in the past.
8. Christina Hendricks
Hendricks was one of the celebrities who couldn’t find gowns to wear on events, as designers only lent her size zero or two dresses.
Speaking to Racked, the “Mad Men” star said:
People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress. They only lend out a size zero or two. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress. This has always been my size.
9. Gabourey Sidibe
She is an actress, director, and author, yet Sidibe has to deal with designers who refuse to dress her for award shows and events because she’s “too fat,” she told Teen Vogue.
During an appearance at the Curvy Con, the plus-size convention, Sidibe said:
Even though we are moving towards more visibility for plus-size people, there is a lot [of] pushback. So it’s important to keep fighting [and] to keep being visible until the conversation changes and [it] is no longer about our bodies because I’m not my body. I’m a whole person.
10. Bebe Rexha
Bebe Rexha is nominated for two Grammy awards this year, however, she shared on Instagram that designers are not willing to dress her for the occasion because she is a size eight.
If a size six/eight is too big, then I don’t know what to tell you … you’re saying that all the women in the world that are size eight and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses.
Rexha also said that while it’s okay not to like her music or fashion style, you can’t refuse to dress someone who isn’t a “runway size.”
Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less than by their size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! And my size eight a– is still going to the Grammys.