Orange Is The New Black's Dascha Polanco slams fat-shaming fashion designers
The fashion enthusiast and actress opened up to Vogue about her struggles in finding designer clothing to wear for events, who refuse to dress her because of her plus size.
Polanco explained that she even once reached out to a designer she personally admired, but was turned down.
"I had a situation with a high-end brand the other day where I had personally invested so much money purchasing their items, and I love what they do, so I had my publicist reach out to their PR team. Their response was, "Oh, you're not the sizes we have, not right now, maybe in the future," she told Vogue.
"Now even if they want me to [wear their designs] down the road, I will not give them the pleasure. It's disappointing, but I try to work with up-and-coming designers who will make things for me and who will collaborate with me. People who love my curves and embrace them as much as I do."
The 33-year-old actress has around two million Instagram followers and often shares photos of her various outfits.
"Fashion in my real life is more important to me than fashion in my acting life; it's expressive, it's creative, there's so much to do with it"
Polanco continued, "Even though I'm a size 8 or 10, I still can look as great as someone who's a size 0. This is why I work out; I'm making sure my body looks how I want it to look, so that I'm confident enough to wear a transparent cat suit, or show skin.
"Every day, women have to boost themselves up. You have to look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I am fabulous, I am beautiful, I am me, and I am my own best competition'...I look back at my old red carpet pictures where I wasn't as confident, and it shows in the images. Now that I've gotten older, I realize that life is short—I'm building that confidence, and doing things as far as fashion that I've never done before."
The Orange Is The New Black actress wants to work with new designers and create her own brand, saying:
"I want to design something that's between plus and between sample sizes—a brand that eventually would market to everyone, to all women, period.
"I think that Hollywood-wise, people that have influence have to start making the change and speaking up. This year I've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, as far as fashion goes, just meeting with people, collaborating and brainstorming, because fashion is something I will invest my time in," she added.
"I'm creative enough, and to be honest with you, I don't mind work. Now more than before, it's like, ‘You're not going to make my s-t? Well, I'm going to make my own!'"
But Polanco is not alone; recently Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones had to deal with something similar ahead of the movie's premiere.
"There [are] no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie," the actress had tweeted.
Project Runway designer Christian Siriano responded to her tweet, designing a dress especially for her.
Khloe Kardashian also admitted that she has not being well received by fashion brands because of her weight in the past.