Melissa McCarthy: I Am a Size 14 – and I Love Designing Clothes for Women of All Sizes
"My clothing line is going great," Melissa McCarthy told reporters on Wednesday
Melissa McCarthy may have launched her introductory collection of Melissa McCarthy Seven7 just last fall, but she’s already embraced her new role as outfitter for women of all shapes and sizes – including her own.
“My clothing line is going great, I find it wildly creative,” the 45-year-old actress told to reporters at a Los Angeles press conference for her new movie
, after sharing, “I am a size 14.”
“It’s something that I’ve dreamed of doing since I was probably in sixth grade,” she said. “I started making clothing, my grandmother was a seamstress.”
Calling the design process “fantastically rewarding,” the mom of two says she’s “loving every single minute of it.” And she even loves getting hands-on: “Every time I fight for a seam or a better fabric or something, I think the fight’s worthwhile.”
Her new experience in the fashion world also inspired the star to get behind-the-scenes in the wardrobe apartment while filming The Boss.
While character Michelle isn’t quite as in-tune with the ‘less is more’ approach to style, McCarthy says it was “a blast” to go with “the more absurd” looks.
“Wendy Chuck was the wardrobe designer in the movie,” McCarthy shared on Wednesday. “She is fantastic because she goes for the character.”
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She adds of the process, “once we knew who she was, which I’ve known for a long time, it’s like, you couldn’t fool Michelle. She requires a certain amount of pomp and circumstance. Nobody wanted to see Michelle in dockers and a t-shirt.”
Always an advocate for loving yourself at any size, McCarthy recently told Redbook magazine that she aims to please the masses: “A good portion of women in America are size 14 and higher. I just try to make clothing that’ll make all women feel really good.”
What do you think of Melissa’s style philosophy? Are you a fan of her collection.
–Lindsay Kimble with reporting by Scott Huver