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Dascha Polanco slams designers who refuse to dress her because of size

Dascha Polanco works with up-and-coming designers as they appreciate her curves as much as she does.

Orange is the New Black star Dascha Polanco has called out top designers who refuse to collaborate with her because of her size.

The 33-year-old actress always looks stunning on the red carpet, but recently admitted to Vogue she struggles to find a designer who will create a gown to compliment her curves.

"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," she revealed. "Their response was, ‘Oh, you’re not the sizes we have, not right now, maybe in the future'.

"Now, even if they want me to (wear their designs) down the road, I will not give them the pleasure."

Dascha was briefly disappointed, but she's happy to report there are plenty of up-and-coming designers to collaborate with: "People who love my curves and embrace them as much as I do," she added.

Dascha certainly won't let the negatives stand in the way of her achieving all-round fashionista status, with the actress planning to have her own range of clothes one day.

"I want to break that barrier," she continued. "Even though I’m a size 8 or 10, I still can look as great as someone who’s a size 0."

Her interview with Vogue isn't the first time Dascha - who plays Dayanara Diaz in the hit Netflix series - has opened up about her figure and the hurdles she faces in an image-obsessed industry.

"When you work in entertainment it’s an issue, the moment you’re not a sample size,” she told the Huffington Post last year (15). “I keep on telling people that ‘sample size’ for me is when you give me a sample and you let me try like a piece of cake. You know what I mean? That’s a sample. You can’t say a sample size and not have a sample of each size."

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