I have found a soul mate in Melissa McCarthy. It seems we share a similar philosophy when it comes to the treatment of fat women in the fashion industry. Like me, Melissa, initially studied fashion design before moving into a different career; for her it was acting. Being a mega star, Melissa always has to look amazing. That can be difficult for a fuller-bodied gal.
The fashion industry and the movie industry revere skinny. “You can never be too rich or too thin” once said by the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, is the prevailing attitude. Melissa McCarthy snubs her nose at this.
For years, Melissa has felt frustrated by the lack of fashionable clothing for plus size women. And, she hates the way the industry treats fat women as their customers. She is working to change the mindsets of the fashion and media world by designing a line of clothing for all women no matter their size.
Her clothing line ranges from size 4 to size 28. She wants all women to love shopping and stop the frustration of trying to find something beautiful in larger sizes. The clothing we wear should make us feel good, confident, and beautiful.
Also, she wants the department stores to integrate misses and women sizes. As it stands right now, the plus size section for women is a separate department, and it is usually hidden away from the mainstream misses departments. This sends a loud and clear message that fat women and their clothing should be hidden away from regular society.
And to add injury to insult, the women’s department is usually sparse. You won’t find a variety of styles to choose from, nor will you find everything you need. The fabrics of the clothes look and feel like you grabbed something from your grandma’s closet, and she wore it forty years ago.
Most major department stores do not carry plus size lingerie. God help you if you need a bra and are larger than a 40 D. You won’t find it in department stores. You better pray you live in an area that has “fat girl” shops otherwise you’re doomed! At one time in my life I was a 52 G. I had to settle for a 52 triple D. There was enough boob spillage, people could mistake my chest thinking I have a third boob. After searching and trying on dozens of bras, I finally found one that picked my boobs up from the floor to just above my waist and kept my flesh within the confines of the cup. Needless to say, I bought four bras so I wouldn’t have to go through this ordeal of shopping for bras for a while.
Anyways, I just wanted to send a shout out for Melissa McCarthy. Continue to fight the fight to educate the world that larger people should not be ostracized and treated disrespectfully. We all come in different sizes, and we all deserve to be treated kindly.
Let me stress this point I am about to make. I am not advocating fat acceptance. I am advocating self-acceptance no matter our size, and I am advocating for all people to treat everyone respectfully regardless of size. And, I am imploring all of us that do struggle to lose weight to work at it every day. If today is not a good day, okay, but get back on track at the next meal.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty