She's one of Hollywood's most hilarious members, but fashion's no joke toMelissa McCarthy. The Bridesmaids star has launched Melissa McCarthy Seven7, her highly anticipated collection, which boasts stylish pieces that range from sizes 4 to 28 and marks the comedienne's first foray into fashion design.
"It's always what I thought I would do," she told Vogue. "I went into clothing and textiles in college and moved here with [shoe designer] Brian Atwood."
In fact, it was her fashion designer friend who steered her towards a career in comedy. "I was going to finish at FIT and he made me do stand-up on the second night!" she admitted.
When it came to designing the prints for her collection, the actress, who is set to star in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters film, admitted that she turned to some of her fashionable pals for a helping hand.
"My friend designed these for me," she said, referring to some of the colourful prints in the collection. "He's an artist in Los Angeles and I told him to give me something really quick with energy. It's not too sweet."
Melissa, who has been hailed as a style icon for her fearless approach to red-carpet fashion, admitted that she had kept plus sized women in mind when creating the pieces.
"People don’t stop at size 12," she told People. "I feel like there’s a big thing missing where you can’t dress to your mood above a certain number. [Malls] segregate plus-size. It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section: ‘We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you and you probably don’t want to be seen.'"
"I want women to get dressed every day and feel good about themselves," she added.