Melissa McCarthy at the 2011 Emmys.
McCarthy, who studied clothing and textiles at Southern Illinois University before dropping out, and eyed FIT after moving to New York, will team up with Pearl again for her long-in-the-works plus-size clothing line. Talk of the ready-to-wear line first came in 2011, at which point McCarthy told the Hollywood Reporter, “Trying to find stuff that’s still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible. It’s either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle.”
She’s not wrong, and I can only hope McCarthy’s line comes to fruition. Much of the fashion industry has let its own prejudices against the overweight stop it from making a buck, as fashion-forward plus-size lines are still not as common in brick-and-mortar stores as they could be. (Hell, all my fellow fashionable fat girls order entire wardrobes from UK online-only retailer ASOS’ Curve line.) Although at this point, McCarthy’s so in-demand in her day job that who knows when she’ll fit it in among the summer blockbusters? Now, if only one of those films would cast McCarthy as a character with just an ounce of style.