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What's not to love about Melissa McCarthy? The mom of two is a mega-star who seems totally approachable--you could actually imagine her living next door (when she wasn't jetting off for a premiere or awards ceremony, that is).
But now there's even more to admire. The Hollywood celeb has launched a new fashion line called Melissa McCarthy Seven7. And as the actress recently revealed to People Magazine (she's on the cover this Friday), she was inspired to create the line for many great reasons. Here are some of them:
She wants to make fashion fun for everyone. Getting dressed had "become a daily reminder of all of my imperfections," the actress told People. "For the first time in my life it had stopped bringing me joy." Her clothes are going to bring the fun back to your options, from leopard prints to leather jackets.
Her clothes are for all women, with sizes ranging from 4 to 28. "Women come in all sizes," McCarthy told Refinery29, the fashion-and-beauty site. "And 70 percent of women are a size 14 or above," she added.
She's done away with the term "plus-size." As McCarthy told Refinery29: "I just don’t get why we always have to group everything into a good or bad, right or wrong category. I just think, if you’re going to make women’s clothing, make women’s clothing.” Plus, she finds it annoying that larger-sized clothing is segregated into its own section. "It's as if you're telling people 'You're not really worthy.'"
Her clothes will make you feel young--in a good way. "I was always kind of repeatedly disappointed that things skewed so much older or so much younger," McCarthy, who is 45, told Refinery29. "It was always kind of like a grandmother or a 14-year-old hooker-type look, and I just thought, ‘Where are the clothes for me?’"
There's not a crop-top or a muumuu anywhere. Instead, you'll find sophisticated basics with pockets on everything. Even though McCarthy got pressured by some clothing manufacturers to make clothes that weren't right, she didn't give in. "Every single time they told me something, it was the exact opposite of what I wanted to wear,” she's said.
Her jeans don't sag or bag. Never a fan of denim (at the end of the day, she'd want to rip off her jeans because they were bagging in the seat and the knees), she designed higher-waisted jeans in a non-saggy fabric. "I’m weirdly in jeans like four days a week now. I get what the fuss is about,” she confessed to Refinery29.
You'll have a say, too. “I love to get feedback--I believe in collaboration and I think you can always learn a lot from people that immerse themselves in it. Every season, all you can do is improve,” she's said.
You can find her clothes at Nordstrom, Macy's, and HSN.