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Melissa McCarthy stylist wants designers to get real with women's sizes

Melissa McCarthy's stylist Judy B. Swartz is keen for the current momentum in fashion for curvier ladies to be used to change attitudes.

Melissa McCarthy’s stylist thinks real women are being done a disservice by the fashion industry.

For a long time most stars were stick thin, and while a lot of female celebrities still have the perfect sample size body, there are more and more breaking the mould. Melissa is one such a celebrity, as is her Ghostbusters co-star Leslie Jones, with both women making curves something to be celebrated again.

“I feel like there’s some kind of momentum going on and if you can get the retailers on board to trust that vision and give the floor space to that woman, I think they would get themselves out of the hole,” Melissa’s stylist Judy B. Swartz told The Hollywood Reporter.

“In between L.A. and New York, that’s really where the market is and not everybody is a size 2 (U.K. size 6) or a size 4 (U.K. size 8). That’s the real world and that’s the world that’s not serviced. And I’m out there every day looking for things.”

For the premiere of the all female reboot of the ghost hunting franchise, Melissa stunned in an intricate yellow gown, custom made by Swartz. The designer calls it an “elegant version of new and old Hollywood”.

As one of the industry’s most bankable stars, Melissa has become a red carpet regular so needs a constant flow of glamorous looks. With the help of Swartz, Melissa had tried out edgy looks, colourful combinations and sleek designs.

While designers are on hand to offer their work, Swartz loves to work with Melissa’s own label, the reasonably priced Melissa McCarthy Seven7.

“I was blown away by the line,” she praised “Even if I wasn’t working with her, I’d use it.”

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