Melissa McCarthy is hilarious, talented, an Oscar nominee, an Emmy winner and, now, a clothing designer. The actress has announced that she’s launching a plus-sized line of clothing called Pearl, and we’re guessing it’s going to be highly successful.
First, McCarthy is famous. She absolutely killed it in Bridesmaids and has, ever since, made a name for herself as a woman who is funny as hell, able to deliver a joke and do all sorts of physical comedy without missing a beat. (She was known prior to that for her roles on Mike & Molly and Gilmore Girls as well.) A celebrity brand comes out of the gate with an edge.
But she’s also got a personal story to go along with this clothing line: there was a time when she couldn’t find designers willing to design a dress for her. It was two Oscars ago, she tells Redbook, and she needed something for the red carpet. Oscar exposure is usually golden for a fashion label. In this case, McCarthy was turned down by something like half a dozen designers and had to settle for a ready-to-wear dress and a spot on some worst dress lists.
“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” she says.
It’s likely a feeling that a lot of women can identify with. She’s coming at this as not just a designer but a customer.