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Melissa McCarthy Says The Term "Plus-Size" Hurts Women

"You're taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.'"

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Actress and fashion designer Melissa McCarthy wants the clothing industry to stop segregating women based on size, starting with the term "plus-size."

McCarthy told Refinery29 she's against the label, which she says keeps women above a size 12 separate from, and feeling less acceptable than, their "straight size" counterparts.


“I don’t like the segregated plus section [in mainstream stores]," McCarthy says. "You’re saying: ‘You don’t get what everybody else gets. You have to go shop up by the tire section.'"

"I have a couple of very big retailers [carrying my line] that I think are going to help me chip away at [segregated sizing]," McCarthy told Refinery 29.

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"I said, ‘Run the sizes as I make them and let friends go shopping with their friends. Stop segregating women.’"

And so far, her opinion on the term seems to be a popular one.

@melissamccarthy Thank you for trying to rid the idea of plus size. Amazing.

@melissamccarthy Thank you for standing up for women and wanting to remove the "plus size". Can't wait to see your clothes. U look beautiful

S/o @melissamccarthy for making retailers not put her designs into a separate plus-size section. Hated that as a teen. Clothes are clothes.


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