Melissa McCarthy set to design plus-sized clothing line

There are so many reasons to love Melissa McCarthy: her sense of humour, the characters she played in Bridesmaids and Gilmore Girls, and her marriage to actor Ben Falcone.

Melissa and her husband, actor Ben Falcone

The latest thing we’re adding to that list is her new role as chief designer of a plus-sized clothing line for women. The collection will reportedly launch next year with casual sportswear at moderate price points, including knit tops, sweaters and bottoms, and will be available in Canada, the U.S. and U.K. A higher-priced contemporary collection will follow.

The mom of two, who happens to have a design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, has always been candid about her size and the difficulties she has faced finding clothes that fit.

“[I’ve been] every size on the planet. I have experience dressing me as a six, a 12 and more. And when you go above a size 12, you don’t lose your love of fashion.” In a 2011 interview, she was quoted as saying, “Trying to find stuff that’s still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible. It’s either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle.”

Of this new challenge the actress told WWDshe hopes to inspire women who face the same struggles she has.

“I’d been looking for two, three, maybe four years for manufacturers to help us do this line but after we met with Sunrise, we felt they were committed to changing the plus-size game. I always said, “Why can’t I find great stuff?” And Sunrise was up for the challenge.”

McCarthy can currently be seen starring alongside Bill Murray in the film St. Vincent. In 2015, she’ll tackle the roll of Tinkerbell in a live-action film about Peter Pan’s pal.

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