Before Melissa McCarthy became a mega-famous actress and comedian (she's in the new Ghostbusters film, NBD), she once studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology alongside Brian Atwood in the '80s. Now, the former textile major is finally releasing her first size 16 to 24 fashion collection, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, and is changing the entire plus size industry in the process.
Melissa has been outspoken about the segregation of plus size clothing in stores for awhile now, but in this recent interview with Refinery 29, she reveals that she's finally starting to take action–and the retailers are actually listening.
“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.’ I have a couple of very big retailers that I think are going to help me chip away at that in a very meaningful way, and I’m really excited about it. I’m not ready to announce them 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.’” YASSSS.
In case you need even more reasons to love Melissa, she's also on a quest to get rid of the term "plus size" altogether. She told Refinery, “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."
“I also find it very bad business. 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.”
To shop the full Melissa McCarthy Seven7 collection, head on over to HSN.com right now, or swipe up her pieces in retailers later this month.