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."

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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. 

Melissa McCarthy's style in the 2000s
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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.)


Curvy bodies were covered up for red carpet appearances. 

Oprah's red carpet style
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Sure, Oprah looks happy here. But was this really the best her stylist could do?


Plus-size actresses paired sweaters with formal gowns to hide their "offending" arms. 

Kirstie Alley in the 2000s
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No matter what she wore, "Cheers" actress Kirstie Alley was ridiculed for her weight gain any time she stepped onto the red carpet. 


Jackets also did the trick.

Kristie Alley in 2005
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Sign. Poor Alley. 


Hell, sometimes curvy actresses wore PARKAS on the red carpet to hide their bodies.

Melissa McCarthy's red carpet style in the 2000s
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Who did this to McCarthy?


Plus-size bodies weren't used to ignite new fashion trends; they were "jokes."

Rebel Wilson in the 2000s
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Rebel Wilson's figure in a donut shirt = a red carpet comedy. 


Forget about colors and patterns — curvy women were often limited to dark (i.e. "flattering") colors.

Jordin Sparks in 2007
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Jordin Sparks was no exception. 


In fact, any actress above a size 4 was basically encouraged to wear black. 

Drew Barrymore red carpet style in 2000s
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Because the goal was always to look "as skinny as possible."


Baggy suits also provided more coverage. 

Plus-size red carpet fashion in the 90s and 2000s
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A "trick" Pam Grier certainly knew. 


But thankfully things are *finally* starting to change for plus-size ladies.

Chrissy Metz's latex dress
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Peep that latex dress in *gasp* a BOLD color.


More and more designers are putting the spotlight on curves instead of hiding them.

Ashley Graham on the red carpet
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Plus-size gowns are now sleek and sexy, not frumpy.

Mindy Kaling's red carpet style
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Bright colors and patterns are encouraged.

Adele's floral Grammys gown
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The naked dress has proven to be a look for ALL body types. 

Ashley Graham in a naked dress
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Gorgeous gowns are being designed with plus-size bodies in mind. 

Danielle Brooks in Christian Siriano
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Curvy figures are no longer just an "afterthought."


(TBH, I'm just thankful McCarthy is finally getting the red carpet upgrade she deserves.) 

Melissa McCarthy's red carpet style evolution
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While the fashion industry still hasn't achieved total inclusivity, we really have come a long way.

Hunter McGrady on the iHeart red carpet
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And we're *not* going backward. Plus-size red carpet slayage is here to stay.