Melissa McCarthy is an actress, comedian, and now she can add fashion designer to her name. McCarthy has announced her new line called Seven7; it is a collection of leggings, tees, and denim, each costing $150 or less, and is exclusively for women sizes 4-28.
It is not well known, but McCarthy moved to New York in the 1980s to become a fashion designer.
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“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,” McCarthy told Refinery 29. “I also find it very bad business. It doesn’t make a lot of sense numbers-wise. It’s like, if you open a restaurant and you say: ‘We’re primarily gonna serve people that don’t eat.'”
“It’s like, what? You would be nuts. Yet, people do it with clothing lines all the time, and no one seems to have a problem with it. I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category. 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,” she added.
Melissa McCarthy says plus-size labels segregate women:
One of the collection’s tees features a quote by Steinem that says: “Self-esteem isn’t everything. It’s just that there’s nothing without it.”
“It’s one of my favorite quotes on the planet,” McCarthy told InStyle at her preview for the collection in New York City. “It encompasses everything that helps girls and women. It’s a really powerful statement, and I wanted to put it on a T-shirt, and remind people of it.”
Melissa McCarthy says malls segregate plus-size shoppers:
InStyle wrote: “McCarthy identifies with Steinem’s message of positivity throughout her collection, noting that it’s about making women feel good about themselves and confident enough to take on the world. ‘Gloria Steinem has been fighting for that forever,’ McCarthy said. ‘She’s 81 and she’s still out there in this country and other countries, fighting to make women equal and feel good about themselves. I think that’s pretty bionic.'”
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