Pitch Perfect's Rebel Wilson on being a stylish plus-sized star: "If girls can see me standing next to really skinny actresses holding my own and being confident in how I look, then that’s a good message to send."

By catherinekast
Updated October 21, 2015 01:00 PM

Make room, Melissa McCarthy, there’s another funny lady in the fashion game! Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson noticed a gap in the market for young, cool plus-size style, and she’s about to launch her own line.


“I’m currently like a size 18, sometimes a 16 depending on how good I’ve been, so I’m kind of just a bit too big for most regular clothing,” Wilson tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “But what I found with a lot of plus-size clothing was that it didn’t seem cool or on-trend. It was kind of like what your auntie would wear to a wedding. So it was a mission to find clothes that fit and were well-made… it definitely is an under-served market.”

So, Wilson teamed up with Torrid, a brand that specializes in sizes 12-28, to create a 31-piece capsule collection (out Nov. 1) that embodies what it is to be Rebel.

“I have a complex personality…people see me in movies and think that I’m like Fat Amy, but I’m not… People are really surprised when they find out, ‘Oh she has a law degree!'” she says. “They think I’m really stupid. So I have all of these different elements to my personality.”

She goes on to explain, “I love rap music and hip hop — so I definitely have this urban, street side. Obviously I can’t really wear, like, gangster on a red carpet — but culturally where I came from in Western Sydney, hip hop was a big thing. And then I have this weird kind of preppy element because of the all-girls high school I went to in Australia… My other side is I just love to be comfortable, so I have some sweats that I really just think are dope.”

Working with Torrid was a no-brainer for the star: After wearing — and loving — their clothes at a few photo shoots (“especially the jeans,” she says), Wilson realized they had a handle on all shapes and sizes.

“I met the girl they fit on, and she’s like my body size,” she says. “No wonder they get it right so much; they’re fitting on real people’s bodies.” Take Georgina Burke, the model in the campaign for Wilson’s line, below.

Courtesy Torrid

Though Wilson says that she didn’t grow up stylish (“I come from a dog showing family, and oh my God — the outfits that they wear…”), she’s “way more fashionable now than what I ever

And it’s her status as a star that kickstarted her style evolution. “I guess that’s what happens when you become successful as an actress: People take notice of what you wear, and you weirdly become a role model for other girls,” she says. “I have a large fan base of teenage girls. And so I have to then start paying attention to what I wear. It takes a little while, but then you realize what looks nice and what kind of little risks you can take without being too crazy but still showing a bit of your personality.”

But despite rocking looks that her fans love — she says that dresses she’s worn from Asos and Eloqui have sold out — she is reluctant to consider herself a style icon: “I just was always the kind of person who cared what was on the inside. I’m a person who uses my brain; it’s not really about my personal aesthetic,” she reveals. “But then I realized that if girls can see me standing next to really skinny actresses holding my own and being really confident in how I look, then that’s a good message to send.” You go, Rebel!

For more on the actress’s new line, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE on newsstands everywhere Friday.

RELATED VIDEO: Brittany Snow Promises Pitch Perfect 2 Will Be ‘Bigger and Badder’

Tell us: Will you shop Rebel’s line when it comes out on Nov. 1?

–Catherine Kast