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Leslie Jones: 'It takes real designers to dress real women'

Leslie Jones insists people shouldn't be held back in dressing up just because of their size.

Leslie Jones believes it takes a "real designer" to dress a "real woman".

The American actress drew attention to herself at the end of June (16) when complaining on Twitter that no high-end brands would provide her a gown for the premiere of her new film Ghostbusters. Hollywood stylist Jessica Paster blamed Leslie for not giving designers enough notice to cater to her non-sample shape, though luckily Christian Siriano jumped in and provided the star with a gorgeous red off-the-shoulder number for the Los Angeles event on Saturday (09Jul16).

“You can look good. Don’t let nobody tell you you can't look good because of your size... or what size your feet is,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “You can look good. Someone can dress you. It takes a real designer to design for a real woman.”

The 48-year-old actress couldn't believe she was wearing a custom-made gown on the red carpet, and her co-stars were impressed too. Kate McKinnon, who also appears opposite Leslie on Saturday Night Live, was especially in awe of her friend's bravery to speak out, and the gorgeous end results.

“Leslie Jones, she's changed my life and I think she's changed the lives of everyone who's ever laid eyes on her,” she gushed. “She's so stunning, I can’t even take it.”

Kristen Wiig dazzled in a pink Jenny Packham dress with sequin detailing, and called Leslie's premiere dress "amazing", while Melissa McCarthy - who rocked a vintage yellow frock - joked: "Don't mess with Leslie Jones. She's untouchable!”

Even director Paul Feig was overwhelmed by Leslie's outfit and the support she received in demanding recognition from the fashion industry. He likened her red carpet moment as the heavens opening up and "dropping" her out, as he added: “I’m so appreciative of people dressing Leslie. She’s beautiful, a real gorgeous woman, and you see how spectacular she looks.”

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