A hit song and a Grammy nomination still isn’t enough for the singer to get sent clothes that fit for the upcoming music awards’ red carpet, she revealed on Twitter. “I had my team hit out a lot of designers and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big,” she said. In the end, multiple designers stepped up to offer her a dress, and she’s getting the last laugh: “My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys.”
The Will & Grace star has been open about buying her clothes in the past (including the Carolina Herrera dress she wore to the 2018 Emmys, pictured), but she couldn’t help but point out the absurdity of dressing herself to host Sunday’s SAG Awards. “Looks like i will be buying my dress online though, as per my usual, even though there is literally a 100 percent chance that i will be on camera, because I’M HOSTING IT. Designers do not send me dresses,” she wrote on Instagram. Several designers offered to help, including a favorite to many, Christian Siriano.
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star spent $3,500 of her own money to nab her Gucci gown for the 2017 Emmys. “It is hard to get places to lend to me because I am not a size zero, but also I can afford it, so it’s okay,” she said, adding that she might turn around and sell it. “Take a look on [consignment site] The Real Real for this dress tomorrow!”
The star was thrilled to get a custom Eloquii dress for the Emmys after years of “begging” designers for dresses that didn’t “look like they were designed for the mother of the bride,” she told PeopleStyle. “I am young and I am cool and I want to wear cool clothes! I don’t understand what the resistance is to it. To me it just feels like a no-brainer that you would want to dress as many people as you could.”
“It makes you feel like you’re ‘less than’ when you only have four options and three of them are in black or blue. It’s really not fun,” Brooks told PeopleStyle of her difficulty finding things that fit her personal style for red carpets. “I am ready to fight that fight alongside Leslie [Jones], alongside Dasch[a Polanco], alongside Nicolette [Mason] and Gabby [Sidibe]; I am ready to say No, we are in the picture too.”
The Orange Is the New Black star called out designers who dress sample size “influencers,” but bypass actresses who may not fit the mold. “I understand that it’s business, but still, it’s like, really?,” she told Vogue. “My industry friends, who are clear and honest with me say, Girl, they don’t have your size, and you’re not at that level yet, so you have to either move that way or just build those relationships so that later in the future maybe it happens.”
Today, designers would die to even be glimpsed on Queen Bey’s Instagram, but in the early 2000s, the superstar (pictured with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams) had a very different experience. “When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t want to dress black, country, curvy girls,” the singer said as she received the CFDA Fashion Icon award in 2016. “And we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams.”
Like the true Ghostbuster she is, Leslie delivered a knockout punch to designers who refused to dress her — then ended up on top with a stunning Pretty Woman moment courtesy of Christian Siriano at the film’s premiere. “Congrats aren’t in order. A change is,” the designer (who recently told People the star may auction her dress) tweeted at the time.
Another Ghostbusters star who challenged the system, Melissa was shocked to come up empty-handed for the Oscars. “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,” she told Redbook. The star designed her own Emmys dress in 2011, which led to creating a clothing line. “When you go above a size 12, you don’t lose your love of fashion,” she said.
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Frustrated by a lack of options, the actress has resorted to buying her own red carpet dresses, including the Jenny Packham gown she wore to the Golden Globes, from Neiman Marcus and Forward by Elyse Walker. “When you’re not ‘sample’ size, or when you don’t have a direct relationship with a designer, or if you don’t have a lot of notice, those types of size 6 dresses just aren’t that available that much,” she said.
After losing 80 lbs. in 2010, the singer was shocked to find how different her experience on red carpets would be. “The truth is, so many more opportunities open up when you’re on the other side, as I am now,” she told theDaily Mail. “I had no idea what I was missing out on. It’s like a whole other world. Suddenly every designer wants to dress you. It’s like, ‘You look amazing! Please, choose a dress. Have a bag. And what about shoes?’ I mean, wow!’
Despite being Oscar-nominated for The Help in 2012, the actress struggled to find an appropriate outfit. “I’m just a short, chubby girl,” she said before that year’s Golden Globes. “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.” (Tadashi Shoji eventually stepped in, earning her affection for his chic designs. “It’s very difficult to make a woman of different sizes look as chic, as sexy, without making them wear a tent,” she said. “I’m not going to wear a muumuu!”)
The Nashville star wasn’t going to let the rules of the red carpet dictate what she wore to the 2014 Golden Globes. When Tom Ford would only lend to one celebrity, she went out and bought her own, which the fashion elite considered a faux pas. But the designer stepped in and silenced the critics by sending the star white roses with a note that said “You looked beautiful last night.”
The plus size model is outspoken about size discrimination in the fashion industry, even challenging the system on-air at the Oscars. “Trying to find a dress for the Oscars — girls my size — I mean, it has been a whole job in itself. So I am happy tonight with my outfit,” she said of her Bao Tranchi dress on E!.
“I definitely think the fashion industry, and people in general, look at me more now that I’ve lost weight,” Khloé told Harper’s Bazaar of her 35-lb. weight loss. “Even on shoots, I would never have options for clothing … I was too much work for [stylists] or they had nothing in my size. I wasn’t even that crazy big!”
Nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2010, the star admits that it’s difficult to get red carpet dresses, but she says not being able to call up samples has its upside: “I don’t really care because it gives me more freedom,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I don’t just flip through a magazine and say, ‘I want this,’ because I can’t, really.”
The Glee star weighed in on model GabiFresh’s complaint that even if you wanted to buy plus-size gowns, your options are more limited than your “straight size” counterparts. “Risking seeing other plus celebs wearing the same [poop emoji] on the carpet *throws up hands* we can’t win,” she Tweeted.
When she hit the scene, the Mad Men star was celebrated for her curves — by everyone but red carpet designers. “Not one designer in town will loan me a dress,” she told the Daily Record in 2012. “They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress.”