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Danielle Brooks: 'I'm not ashamed of being plus-size'

Actress Danielle Brooks is the face of Christian Siriano's collection for Lane Bryant and loves that the designer isn't afraid to make clothes for "every woman".

Actress Danielle Brooks is embracing her curves and loves her current size.

The Orange Is The New Black star was handpicked by designer Christian Siriano as the face of his new collection for Lane Bryant, which features tops, dresses, skirts and a full-length gown, all for women sized 14 to 28 (16 - 28 in the U.K.).

The release of the plus-sized collection comes at a time when the expression is being heavily debated, with actress Amy Schumer recently saying “these labels are unnecessary and reserved for women,” and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Ashley Graham describing the term as "outdated".

But the 26-year-old isn't actually that bothered by the term and appreciates that Siriano isn't afraid to design "for every woman".

"Right now, I’m embracing it and learning to love my size where I am, and not be ashamed of being plus-size,” she told “What is there to be ashamed of? I’m sexy. I’m fine. It’s just a number that we’ve given it. I wear a size 14. That number, I could change it to 0, it won’t matter."

In the campaign images, Danielle is pictured wearing a black and white splash print knee-length dress with a ruffled neckline while being doted on by a gaggle of male models.

Danielle explained that Siriano's designs had a vintage feel and helped her feel confident during the photo shoot. "It was fun to be surrounded by all these sexy men holding my dress and tying my shoes," she laughed. "Plus, the clothes helped me to embody the way in which we did the photo shoot - they make you feel sexy, like everyone has their eyes on you."

Of his collection, Siriano shared that he took inspiration from 1950s ice cream parlours, and wanted to create designs that are wearable as well as "fun and fresh".

The Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant collection hits stores 28 April (16).

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