Who you gonna call? Not the fashion industry apparently! [Photo: Getty]
2016 has been going pretty darned well for Leslie Jones. She’s just wrapped up another season of Saturday Night Live and has a lead role in the reboot of the cult hit Ghostbusters. But one thing has threatened to take the shine off things for the 48-year-old actress. It seems that despite her success, Leslie is struggling to find designers to dress her for the red carpet. And she’s not afraid to call the fashion industry out about it.
Taking to Twitter earlier this week, she lamented that she had nothing to wear for the upcoming Ghostbusters premiere.
“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie,” she wrote.
“Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”
Her fans were quick to step in and offer their support, retweeting her post more than a thousand times. And less than an hour later, designer Christian Siriano stepped forward to offer his help by replying to Leslie’s tweet with a raised-hand emoji.
Unsurprisingly Leslie responded with an enthusiastic “YAAAAAASSSSSS.”
Though Jones doesn’t specify which designers declined to dress her, she took to Twitter later that evening to update her fans on the situ: "Hmm what a difference a tweet makes. Should I name the designers that didn’t look out? Put y'all ass on blast. You will not get my love later.“
Leslie’s Ghostbusters co-star, Melissa McCarthy has also experienced a struggle to be dressed for the red carpet [Photo: Getty]
One person who will well understand Leslie’s predicament is her Ghostbusters co-star Melissa McCarthy’s who’s spoken out about her own struggle to find designers to dress her. In an interview with Redbook in 2014 the Bridesmaids actress revealed that several designers had passed on dressing her for the Oscars. “I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me,” she said. “I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”
But fashion insiders have revealed that the problem could be more to do with designers not holding stock outside sample size, rather than some sort of body shape bias.
“Its just pure economics,” THR power stylist Jeanne Yang told Yahoo. “People have this belief that showrooms and designers have racks and racks of clothing in all sizes. They don’t.”
While it hasn’t been confirmed whether Leslie will actually wear Siriano to the event, the designer who has dressed the likes of Jennifer Hudson and Christina Hendricks, confirmed to Time that he was meeting with the comedy star and “can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear.”
“I support all women no matter age or size!” he said in an email.
We look forward to seeing your rock the red carpet Leslie.
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