Melissa McCarthy: "People Don't Stop At Size 12"

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There are multitudes of reasons to adore Melissa McCarthy. She's smart, seemingly fearless, crazy talented, and never afraid to speak her mind while standing up for what's right. And we've fallen even harder for the actress after peeking at her no-holds-barred interview in the June 2015 issue of MORE magazine.

In it, the Spy star discusses everything from how she keeps life simple for herself and her family to letting go of the body image issues that women everywhere struggle with internally. “I have caught my reflection and thought, Oof. That girl is struggling. That girl is tired," McCarthy confesses. 

"I’ve had mornings where I’m like, Oh God, I have weird hair. I look like Fraggle Rock. Why am I so puffy? What did I eat? [But] who cares if my eyes are puffy because I ate 44 almonds last night? Or my legs are short? To my core, I don’t care.” 

She also acknowledges that we live in a world that's geared toward making women care, often at the expense of their own comfort and self-confidence. "People don’t stop at size 12. I feel like there’s a big thing missing where you can’t dress to your mood above a certain number," she explains to the mag, adding that the mall shopping experience ostracizes plus-size women by segregating them from the straight-size racks.

"It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section." This is a classic McCarthy line: humorous with an edge of painful honesty. The actress is dead-on about the message behind a separate plus section. "We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you, and you probably don’t want to be seen.” 

With that in mind, the star is channeling her skills to create a clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, set to launch in August of this year. Her collection will deliver some 80 pieces to Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macy's — all priced reasonably, and available in sizes 4 to 28. 

“There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country. I would love to be a part of breaking that down,” the actress-cum-designer shared. She certainly appears to be doing her part — and much, much more.
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