Actress Melissa McCarthy spoke recently about her new clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7.
During an interview with Refinery 29, McCarthy commented on her dislike for the term “plus-size” as it refers to clothing lines.
“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,” she told the site.
McCarthy continued to say that she thought that this was bad business, and that it “doesn’t make a lot of sense number-wise.”
Her line sells clothes up to a size 28. Nordstrom, the Home Shopping Network and Macy’s are just a few of the outlets that will carry the actress’ line.
Instead, the acclaimed actress believes there shouldn’t be categories.
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 said.
She joked that plus-size people have to shop “by the tire section” and are segregated in a way.
McCarthy said the inspiration for the line came from her own struggles to find things to wear.
“I would go out and shop by myself, I guess I was always kind of repeatedly disappointed that things skewed so much older or so much younger … I just thought, ‘Where are the clothes for me?’” she said.
McCarthy’s line is available on HSN, and she is encouraging shoppers to give their feedback on the brand.
“Sure — I don’t want to make stuff that disappoints me. But I don’t want to make stuff that disappoints other women, too.”