Melissa McCarthy: No One Would Make a Dress for Me
For the Oscars a few years ago
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 10:44 AM CDT
Melissa McCarthy arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Melissa McCarthy may be wildly popular—but, as she explains to Redbook, that doesn't mean she has a lot of success in the shopping arena. "When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed," she says. "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." It's not the first time she's talked about similar woes; in 2011, she noted that outfits in her size are typically "either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle," which is why she started her own fashion line; she and couture dress maker Daniella Pearl are releasing a line called Pearl.

As the Washington Post notes, other actresses who don't fit the "size 0" mold (and thus may have trouble fitting in sample sizes) have faced similar problems. Christina Hendricks noted in 2010, "It is difficult come awards season, and I need to find a gown to walk down the red carpet in, and there are only size zeros and size twos available. Then it becomes downright annoying because all these designers are saying, 'We love Mad Men, we love Christina, but we won’t make her a dress.'" Typically, writes Soraya Nadia McDonald for the Post, "Even D-list straight-size celebrities can find houses to loan them clothes ... but for women like Hendricks and McCarthy, Emmy and Oscar nods aren’t enough. It takes years and years of success."

View 4 more images
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Melissa McCarthy: No One Would Make a Dress for Me is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 52 comments
Jun 7, 2014 3:17 PM CDT
AV... some people are big people without the obesity. Fashion designers play dirty tricks on big people. Not only does Melissa have a gargantuan personality, she has a gargantuan idea with her new partner to design befitting apparel. It's a shame that the fashion industry would rather snub making decent looking larger apparel than acquiesce and do a good job at it -- and at the same time make a fortune. It's ill thinking if you ask me. Same thing with women's shoes styles. They have become simply obnoxious. There are more male shoe designers for women and I think they have been poking fun of us for years -- and trying to hurt our feet also -- beginning with those ugly pointed toe, 3" heels with steel lifts on them. Walk on concrete with a pair of those buddies on -- you and those corns on your toes! Market research has shown businesses how to snag a woman's attention immediately: If the shoe is worth $35.00, mark it up to $235.00. Women have high-ticket fever.
Arthur Vandelay
Jun 6, 2014 1:52 AM CDT
we want our kids to eat healthy and then we make this gal a hero for being morbidly obese. where is Michele when you need her??
Jun 6, 2014 1:25 AM CDT
"women like Hendricks and McCarthy" like OK, they're pretty much the same. International sex symbol and a rotund comic. I'm designing dresses in my Mom's basement for Hendricks tonight. I hope she checks them out!