How Rebel Wilson's Career Inspired Her to Design Clothes for Women of All Sizes (She's an 18!)
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."
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.
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.
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Tell us: Will you shop Rebel’s line when it comes out on Nov. 1?