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Another day, another instance of Hollywood sexism revealed. This time, Hollywood joins forces with the fashion industry for a lovely mix of sexism and sizism.
Leslie Jones is starring in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig; and on Wednesday she took to Twitter to call out designers who wouldn't help her out with a dress for the premiere. Although she didn't name any names, Jones pointed out that she won't forget their attitudes "when things change."
It's so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 28, 2016
Actors Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon attend ELLE Women In Comedy event. Photo: Mike Windle
Some idiots on Twitter took this as their cue to troll Jones, but she batted them away.
@TruthPuking your name is "puke" you actually think I'm giving a fuck about your opinion PUKE!! BLOCKED!!— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 29, 2016
@ghost_vagina you not being one of them bitch. FUCK. OFF. BLOCKED— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 29, 2016
Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters.
But then some other fashion people decided to mount a "defence" of designers by coming up with the excuse that Jones, at 6ft and athletic build, is just too big to fit into their dresses.
The Hollywood Reporter's own stylist, Jeanne Yang, said it's "just pure economics" and if actresses want designers to dress them, they just have to be the same size as runway models.
"One dress has to serve for the runway show, for sales, and to get publicity. If you have a sample that has to fit a model, you don't have the option of creating things for premieres. No one ever does a variety of sizes."
Stylist Jessica Paster went further, saying it's "nobody's fault but Leslie's" for being unprepared.
"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."
No wonder there is so much pressure on actresses to be waif thin - especially those who aren't earning enough yet to justify forking out immense amounts of cash for a red carpet dress you're not allowed to wear again (the magazines WILL notice and call you out).
It's not just actresses who suffer for these "economic" considerations. It all feeds into thecycle of toxic beauty standards that convince all women their bodies are only acceptable if they are the size of a runway model.
As for Leslie Jones, it turns out despite apparently leaving it too late, she's managed to snag a designer. Christian Siriano, a favourite of style queen Solange Knowles, put his hand up.
But he doesn't want congratulations for it.
It shouldn't be exceptional to work with brilliant people just because they're not sample size. Congrats aren't in order, a change is.— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 29, 2016
And if all else fails, she can always fall back on this guy.