Melissa McCarthy: Stores Make Plus-Size Shoppers Feel Less Worthy

Melissa McCarthy’s highly anticipated clothing line is finally here!

In addition to providing fashionable, affordable clothing to women of all shapes and sizes, McCarthy wants her line to bring some much-needed change to the entire shopping experience.

In a new interview with Refinery 29, McCarthy said that retailers divide customers based on size, and it simply doesn’t make sense to put such a vast amount of shoppers into their own, “less-than” category.

“Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange,” she said.

McCarthy told the site that she’s already getting help from “a couple of very big retailers” in bridging the gap. While she did not disclose the stores by name just yet, her mission to normalize the shopping experience for everyone is quite clear.

“I said, ‘Run the sizes as I make them and let friends go shopping with their friends. Stop segregating women.’ And they said, ‘Okay,’” McCarthy said of her conversations with retailers that would carry her clothing line.

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