Bebe Rexha’s Grammy dress woes highlights fashion industry’s hand in body shaming

Is a size 8 U.S too big?

Well according to designers, singer Bebe Rexha is and they can’t dress her for the Grammys. American singer Bebe Rexha is having a hard time getting a custom dress for next month’s Grammy Awards because fashion designers say she’s “too big”.

According to the BBC, the best new artist nominee claimed some of the designers she’d approached did not want to dress her because she’s a size 8 (UK size 12). “If a size 6/8 is ‘too big’ then I don’t know what to tell you, I don’t want to wear your [expensive] dresses, ’cause that’s crazy,” Rexha said in an Instagram video.

The 29-year-old “Meant to be” singer continued: “You’re saying that all the women in the world that are size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses.”

In a caption for the video, she wrote: “I’m sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. “Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less than by their size.”

She signed off by saying her “size 8 ass” would still be going to the awards ceremony on February 10th. Rexha did not name the designers who allegedly turned her down – but her situation is not unique.

Rexha is not the only celebrity who has been in such a predicament, the BBC reports that “Will & Grace” actress Megan Mullally recently revealed she had to buy her dress for this year’s Screen Actors’ Guild Awards online. “Designers do not send me dresses,” she wrote on Instagram, “even though there is literally a 100 percent chance that I will be on camera because I’M HOSTING.”

At the 2017 Emmys, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom told reporters her Gucci dress was off the rack as designers did not want to dress her body type.

 

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