Melissa McCarthy is not happy. Why? Because she thinks the word ‘plus size’ isn’t helping anyone…
Explaining why she wants the word gone, the Bridesmaids actress told Refinery29: ‘Women come in all sizes.
‘70% of women in the US 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.’
The 44-year-old star, who is launching her own Melissa McCarthy Seven7 clothing line (ranging from size 4 to 28), continued: ‘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.’
And she’s not the first celebrity to speak on the topic. Australian model Stefania Ferrario also wants us to #DropThePlus.
The size 12 blonde beauty has partnered with Australia’s host of The Biggest Loser, Ajay Rochester, to start a new campaign to get rid of the term ‘plus size’.
‘I am a model FULL STOP,’ Ferrario wrote on Instagram. ‘Unfortunately in the modelling industry if you’re above a US size 4 (NZ size 8) you are considered a plus size, and so I’m often labelled a ‘plus size’ model. I do NOT find this empowering.’
Ajay, meanwhile, wants to #DropThePlus because she feels that the distinction between plus size women and those not in that category is ‘dangerous thinking and dangerous labelling’, as well as being outdated.
‘We don’t label anyone else in that way, so why models and/or women?’, she says. ‘We are humans, we come in all shapes and sizes. By creating a segregated system of acceptance we then pave the way for bullying.’
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The Drop The Plus Instagram account explains more about the group’s mission.
‘Plus implies bigger than normal,’ they write. ‘In the fashion/modelling industry, any model above US size 4 (size 8) is considered a ‘plus-sized’model.’
‘The average American woman is US size 14 (18). So the fashion industry is implying that most women are ‘plus sized’, above ‘normal’. Mixed with all the other body image pressures facing women, this implication is very dangerous to women and society.’
Join the @DropThePlus movement here…