Melissa McCarthy Is Not a Fan of the Term Plus Size

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Actress-comedian turned fashion designer Melissa McCarthy is not a fan of the term "Plus-Size."

Coinciding with the launch of her new clothing line, McCarthy said what many of us have been thinking for years in an interview with Refinery29.

“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 Refinery29.

“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.”

In June 2014 with Redbook, the actress shared her motivation for why she decided to launch her own line.


“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” she told Redbook. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no.”

Nordstrom began carrying the line on Aug. 14, and she appeared on HSN, which is also selling her clothes.