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Dascha Polanco's designer label struggle

Published 05/09/2016

Dascha Polanco
Dascha Polanco

Dascha Polanco doesn't understand why 'sample' sizes don't cater women of all shapes.

Dascha Polanco doesn't fit into 'sample sizes' so struggles to find designer gowns for the red carpet.

The Orange Is the New Black star may have no trouble impressing with her acting skills, but when it comes to attending A-list events Dascha admits she faces more of a challenge.

"The experience has been struggle, honestly," she sighed to Bustle of finding outfits for awards season. "It surprises me to hear high-end designers (say), 'But we don’t have samples in her size.' Really? I don’t understand if it’s referenced as a sample, wouldn’t it be a sample in every size? For the most part they just don’t respond or try to make it work, but then state, 'Oh, but we love her on or Orange Is the New Black or Joy.’”

Although the issue knocks her confidence slightly, Dascha uses it to her advantage and enjoys being able to highlight new fashion designers while in the spotlight. She and her team no longer focus on labels that don’t have her size, though she praises the likes of Philipp Plein and Dolce & Gabbana for taking risks with their pieces.

For the MTV VMAs in August (16), the 33-year-old looked beautiful in a blue jeans and silk top combo by Yuna Yang, which stood out from the crowds.

"The Korean designer, Yuna Yang, approached us and expressed an out-of-the-box look for me that she has developed,” Dascha recalled. “When we met with Yuna, I was excited to explore the idea of a train without wearing a ball gown and wearing one with my favourite comfy jeans.”

No matter what the ensemble though, Dascha has learned that it’s how she carries herself in front of the cameras that makes the biggest impact and everything else “shine”.

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