Why Melissa McCarthy Wants to Banish the Term Plus-Size
Melissa McCarthy has made it very clear: her brand-new clothing line, Seven7, is not your typical celebrity side project. In an interview with Refinery29, the actress revealed that she’s got big plans to shake up the fashion world, starting with banishing the term “plus-size.”
“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 said. “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’s line of cozy-chic separates and desk-to-date dresses will be available in sizes 4 through 28, a move that makes the easy-feeling pieces available to lots of women. Her inclusive attitude won’t stop there though, and she’s got a pretty game-changing plan up her sleeve to make shopping for any size an easier experience. McCarthy said she’s been working with “a couple of very big retailers” to completely ditch the “segregated plus section” in stores and put all of the line’s sizes in one place. “Let friends go shopping with their friends,” she said. Cross your fingers for those thoughtful changes to happen in global retailers including Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Lane Bryant and Evans when the line launches this month. For now, snag your favorite pieces on HSN while you can — some styles are already sold out (we’re eyeing the camel fringe cardigan sweater + *stretch* flare jeans).
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(h/t Refinery 29, photos via Ben Watts)