Melissa McCarthy: Why I'm Starting a Plus-Size Clothing Line

06/04/2014 at 12:18 PM ET

Melissa McCarthy Matt Jones for Redbook

Melissa McCarthy has always been vocal about her inability to find red carpet-ready dresses, going so far as to design her own Emmys gown when she hated everything off on the rack. And she shares that not much has changed, despite her A-list status.

“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, 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,” she says in the July issue of Redbook. That’s why she teamed with couturier Daniela Kurrle (her Emmys dress co-designer) to create a line of plus-size clothing for women who might not have access to a seamstress-slash-friend at their disposal.

RELATED: Get the latest on plus size style with our blogger Allison Teng!

She hasn’t always been an arbiter for style at any size, though; McCarthy also shares her college yearbook photos are more embarrassing than most. “I wore white kabuki makeup, had blue-black hair. At one point I shaved an inch and a half around my hairline and continued the white makeup up so it made my head look slightly deformed,” she says. “I thought it was hilarious. I was in a little town and I just got a kick out of it. I was never sullen. I was a terrible punk — I was still so chatty.”

These days that sense of humor is paying off, especially in her marriage with fellow comedian Ben Falcone. “We have a great marriage, and outside forces can’t really change that,” she says. “Success doesn’t define us, even though we love what we do. The important thing is our family and kids.” For more from McCarthy, including how she teaches her kids about fame, check out the new issue (on stands June 10) and tell us: Are you excited to see McCarthy’s designs? How much would you love to see those college photos?

–Alex Apatoff

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Dana on

She has great style and her line will do well..

Dee on

@Guest – I eat in a healthy manner and exercise regularly. I still have a hard time finding off the rack formals that aren’t made for super lean women who apparently wish to look like hookers.
Everything is so cookie cutter out there. Strapless, sequined monstrosities.
It would be nice to see a designer come up with a line of formal wear that is attractive but not ridiculously revealing and unflattering on 95% of women.

Meat on

She is so adorable! Thank you for being you.

ELC on

Melissa is a hoot…love anything she’s in except her show Mike and Molly. Her talent is wasted there. Good for her on designing her own clothes…its sad that they only design for the ubber skinny. I hope Melissa comes out with clothes the regular person with size issues can get into. Good luck Melissa-stay as down to earth as you are now-pls don’t go Hollyweird on us.

kat on

Thank you” love her!

jefra on

what a fat cow. her husband looks like a dwarf next to her.

she has to design her own clothes! she probably wears 5 XL. Look at that fat cow!

and mike & molly isn’t funny anymore.

Diana A on

you go Melissa. Some of have medical issues and we gain weight like mad even with a health diet:(

janet on

Good Luck…..A great idea..

Guest on

To all who criticize her for her weight, I used to be skinny until I got sick and had to go on steroids. Even on 500 calories a day, I could not lose weight. You don’t know her personal and private health issues that she may not choose to publicize. You don’t know how much she eats or exercises. Stop judging people you don’t know.

Anon on

Her face is so gorgeous.

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