Melissa McCarthy Agrees With Ashley Graham: Stop Using the "Plus-Size" Label

The Boss actress launched a fashion line last year

By Marc Malkin Mar 17, 2016 10:57 PMTags
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Melissa McCarthy has Ashley Graham's back.

The funny lady agrees with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model that the fashion world needs to stop using the "plus-size" label.

"I hate the word 'real woman' and I hate the word 'plus-size,'" Graham told E! News' Zanna Roberts Rassi last month. "I've got plenty of friends [of all sizes] and different shapes and everything, and I don't want any of them to feel like they aren't 'real women.'"

McCarthy says she tries not using the label for her fashion line. "Every time someone says, 'You make a plus-size line,' I just correct them: 'I make clothes for women,'" she told me while promoting her new movie The Boss (in theaters on April 8). "I'm not making a plus-size line. If a plus-size store or if a store of certain sizes buys those that's what going in there. But on my website and HSN, I'm just making women's clothing."

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McCarthy launched her line, Melissa McCarthy7, this summer with sizes ranging from 4 to 28.

The Oscar nominee said there's an unhealthy "obsession with categorizing" women.

"Women are amazing together," the actress said. "Women are friends. Women are not really competing with each other. I think everyone wants to make it seem that way with who wore it better, whose butt is better, whose glasses are crazier. I've never had any of those conversations in my life."

McCarthy has previously said that designing clothing for women of all sizes is good business.

"I just don't quite see the cut off," the Spy star told me in November. "I don't believe in kind of sectioning and segregating people in anything. I think most women in the U.S. are a 14. I think like 72 percent of women are a 14. So I think it's a little insane if you're in this business to tell your biggest section of clientele that you don't want their business."