Despite Dascha Polanco’s prominent role on a hit Netflix show and large social media following, designers still refuse to collaborate with the actress because of her size.
The 33-year-old star spoke out about her experiences with being turned away in an interview with Vogue Magazine on Monday.
‘I understand that it’s business, but still, it’s like, really?’ the Orange Is The New Black star told the fashion magazine.
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Unfair: Dascha Polanco opened up to Vogue Magazine on Monday about sizeism in Hollywood and the rejections from high-end designers; here she’s pictured two weeks ago
Some of the high-end brands that rejected Dascha are companies that she is a loyal customer of.
She told the outlet, ‘I love what they do, so I had my publicist reach out to their PR team. Their response was, “Oh, you’re not the sizes we have, not right now, maybe in the future.”‘
Dascha added: ‘It’s disappointing, but I try to work with up-and-coming designers who will make things for me and who will collaborate with me. People who love my curves and embrace them as much as I do.’
The mother-of-two is not alone in the unfortunate and tough battle with the fashion industry.
Preach: The Orange Is The New Black starlet shared her clothing tags on Instagram on Monday and said women should not be judged on their appearance
Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones was rejected by a number of designers when finding a dress for her blockbuster movie premiere.
And two years ago her co-star Melissa McCarthy was turned down by five or six fashion designers for the Oscars.
This led the Spy actress to launch her own fashion line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, which offers no limitations to being stylish when it comes to size. And Melissa’s line has inspired Dascha herself.
‘I want to design something that’s between plus and between sample sizes—a brand that eventually would market to everyone, to all women, period,’ said the Dominican beauty.
Paving the way: Stars Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones have battled with rejections from the industry because of their sizes, leading them to go in other routes
Find a way or make one: The mother-of-two is inspired to now create her own line as she has been working behind-the-scenes in her own fashion collaborations
She added: ‘This year I’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes, as far as fashion goes, just meeting with people, collaborating and brainstorming, because fashion is something I will invest my time in… You’re not going to make my s***? Well, I’m going to make my own!’
In response to her story, The Joy actress has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from her fans on social media who encourage her to embrace her body.
‘Online, a lot of the feedback is that people would love for me to show my body more! They love when I wear something tight, they love when I wear something see-through; they love when I wear stuff that just embraces every bit of my curves,’ said Dascha.
She told the outlet, ‘I realize that life is short—I’m building that confidence, and doing things as far as fashion that I’ve never done before.’
Embrace! The Dominican beauty told Vogue: ‘I realize that life is short—I’m building that confidence, and doing things as far as fashion that I’ve never done before’