NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As Melissa McCarthy prepares to launch her new clothing line, she says labeling clothing as “plus-size” tells some women “they’re not worthy.”
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 is already being sold on HSN and will soon be available in major retailers. Her line is available from a size 4 to 24 and McCarthy doesn’t feel its fair to use the word “plus” to describe any women’s clothing,
Connie Wang at Refinery29, interviewed the Hollywood star and says what people don’t realize is that 70 percent of American women are a size 14 and above. And the “Plus-Size” industry is a $17.5 billion dollar business.
“Why don’t we have a separate section for preppy?” Wang asked. “Why don’t we have a separate section for people who only dress in black? That doesn’t really exist across stores –but for some reason plus size is something that exists across all retailers.”
Wang said the section is often far from the other sizes and joked that it sometimes near the tires in the back.
The Bridesmaids star isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and doesn’t feel it’s fair she has to shop in a different part of a store.
“I don’t think they should have labels to anything,” said Justina Santiago of Staten Island.
Jamel Hampton of Brooklyn said, “people are sensitive — I think designers and fashion people need to keep that in mind.”
What a lot of people may not know is that McCarthy always wanted a career in fashion. After high school she moved from Illinois to New York City where she
McCarthy says she already has found a few partners in the fashion world that are ready to make the change but is keeping tight-lipped for now.