While she appreciates the designers who have dressed her in the past, Brooks is tired of being ignored by the rest of the fashion industry.
“I haven’t been given an opportunity to wear these big-name designers," she told Vogue in a recent interview. "It has never been an option whether I had a stylist or didn’t. A lot of people won’t design for me, no matter how many SAG awards, Tony nominations, Grammy wins; it doesn’t matter.”
She reminded designers that dressing Ashley Graham doesn't suddenly make them "inclusive."
“I don’t know if fashion has made a wholehearted effort. It’s more like, ‘Oh this is a trend, let’s get on it.’ Then they bring in Ashley Graham, who is amazing, but isn’t the only plus-size model ever to exist," Brooks continued.
Brooks called out the fashion industry for turning its back on other types of plus-size bodies.
"What about Marquita [Pring], Denise [Bidot], Philomena [Kwao], Tess Holliday?" Brooks demanded. "When I look at the ads I don’t see faces like mine, I see skinny white women.”
She acknowledged that designers are "trying," but Brooks refuses to ease up on her fight for inclusivity.
"I think they’re trying, but they can go harder and we should not be easy on them,” Brooks concluded. “I don’t think we should pat anybody on the back for [doing] something they should’ve done 30 years ago.”