In terms of deciding what to wear to an awards show, stars have it pretty easy. That is, if you’re a sample size. While size 0 to 2 leading A-listers often have numerous designer houses clamoring to take credit for their red carpet looks, those who don’t quite fit into those sizes aren’t as lucky. Take Crazy Ex-Girlfriend lead, Rachel Bloom, for example. The actor — who won the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016 — had to buy her own dress to wear to the awards show.
“Well I bought this dress ’cause Gucci’s not lending me a dress,” she told E! Live from the Red Carpet. “I love it. I mean here’s the thing, I’m at the place where I can afford it…I said in an interview before sometimes it’s hard to get places to lend me dresses because I’m not like, a size zero, but also I can afford it, so it’s okay.”
Referring to her interview with Wealthsimple, Bloom tells the publication about what it’s like not to be a sample size in Hollywood.
“A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren’t in the sample sizes of 0 and 2, so it’s getting harder and harder for me to find clothes without buying them. That’s the whole problem with the fashion industry: My body size is literally normal and healthy, but when you put me next to a model, I look obese.”
Bloom isn’t the only one who has had issues with designers not being able to dress them. Ashley Graham, Leslie Jones, Dasha Polenco and Melissa McCarthy have all had similar problems.
Regardless, Bloom isn’t that upset about having to buy the dress. “I can always resell it,” she jokes, before mentioning she has an account on The Real Real, a designer consignment store. Though Bloom made a Twitter statement clarifying that she technically didn’t reach out to Gucci, she’s still well aware of the workings of the industry.
To be clear: we didn’t ask Gucci to dress me b/c they loan to very few. That being said, pickings are still slim for non-sample size ladies
— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) September 18, 2017
So while Bloom has no qualms with the actual purchase — she can afford it, after all — it’s the size exclusivity of the fashion industry that needs work.