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Leslie Jones said no one would help dress her for Ghostbusters premiere

When designers turn you down, but you still overcome the struggle

It appears the struggle was definitely real for actor/comedian Leslie Jones.

On Tuesday she took to Twitter to voice her disdain: She wasn’t getting the styling help she needed for the July 9 premiere of Ghostbusters reboot. We’re not sure when she contacted designers or which ones she reached out to. Although tempted, she refused to name the designers she reached out to, who, by her account, refused to help her with her outfits.

So it’s 2016. And designers are still abiding by the age-old custom (also known as an age-old excuse): They only carry “sample” sizes in their showrooms. And, from the looks of things, they are not willing to budge. Ever. And that’s pretty sad. Some are questioning whether designers are really to blame. The answer is, yes. How are they not? If designers only cater to sample sizes — which is usually size 2 to 4 — they are making decisions about not being of service to an emerging part of Hollywood. Their respect and appreciation for differences seems nonexistent.

In a THR story about Jones’ predicament, power stylist Jeanne Yang said, “It’s just pure economics. People have this belief that showrooms and designers have racks and racks of clothing in all sizes. They don’t.”

“She should have known four to five months ago the date of premiere, and said, ‘I’m not a sample size, I need to go to designers early or buy myself a dress.’ Don’t be blaming designers and saying they don’t like you,” Jessica Paster, whose clients include Emily Blunt and Nia Vardalos, said to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hmmmm. There are no tweets on Jones’ timeline that read, “designers don’t like me.” Quite frankly, it’s not a thought that anyone has this belief. However, it is a belief or maybe wishful thinking, especially with the evolution of Hollywood, that designers will soon have options for women who are not sample sizes.

In a 2015 story written by The Undefeated’s Soraya Nadia McDonald for the Washington Post, Jones’ Ghostbusters co-star Melissa McCarthy had a similar issue. It’s a problem that McCarthy finds disappointing. “Two Oscars ago,” she said recently, “I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no.” That year McCarthy wore a dress by Marina Rinaldi, a ready-to-wear plus line found in stores such as Bloomingdale’s or Saks Fifth Avenue. Bear in mind, with the Oscars in particular, most actresses are wearing high-value, borrowed dresses, shoes, and jewelry.

There was one designer enthusiastic about dressing Jones. Project Runway’s breakout designer Christian Siriano had no problem dressing a star member of Saturday Night Live who is also a spokesperson for Allstate.

“I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes,” Siriano told Time in an email.

Christian Siriano attends the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City.

Christian Siriano at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City.

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Jones didn’t call out by name the designers who refused to help her out, but it appears that she won’t forget who snubbed her for the premiere.

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But last night, Jones was upbeat about the drama: “Ok tweeted about designers and damn it was a bigggg thing. Ok so now I’m tweeting where all the men who like big black and sexy…LMAO!!” Maybe she was thinking about her recent cover of Elle.


Check out Jones & Co. in the Ghostbusters reboot trailer.

Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.