Last month, "Orange Is The New Black" actress Danielle Brooks called out the fashion industry for refusing to dress curvy women on the red carpet.
“I haven’t been given an opportunity to wear these big-name designers," Brooks told Vogue in December. "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."
In her interview, Brooks brought many important — and unfortunately true — points to light. The fashion industry has a long history of turning its back on plus-size bodies, and red carpet photos often serve as proof.
But while it may *seem* like not much has changed, a look back at the red carpet in the 2000s shows just how far the fashion has actually come...
In the 2000s, plus-size actresses were given very few outfit options for the red carpet.
Forget about "high fashion" — curvy actresses almost always looked frumpy because they had zero looks to choose from.
(Nothing exemplifies this problem quite like the awkward, mismatched outfit that Melissa McCarthy wore on the red carpet in 2005.)
But thankfully things are *finally* starting to change for plus-size ladies.
Peep that latex dress in *gasp* a BOLD color.
More and more designers are putting the spotlight on curves instead of hiding them.
Plus-size gowns are now sleek and sexy, not frumpy.
The naked dress has proven to be a look for ALL body types.
(TBH, I'm just thankful McCarthy is finally getting the red carpet upgrade she deserves.)