23 Celebrity Designers Who Refused To Wear Clothes

“It’s so funny how no designers want to help me…that will change, and I remember everything.” – Leslie Jones

When you’re famous, having the right outfit to wear on the red carpet or the cover of a magazine is part of the job. Generally, celebrities and their stylists borrow these costumes from designers, but not all celebrities get the same opportunities.

Although there is a lot of snooty in fashion, it’s not always about not being “popular enough” in the brand’s eyes. Often, designers refuse to lend their clothes to someone because of that person’s body size, race or age.

However, plenty of celebrities and stylists who were rejected by stylists were also brave enough to call them in.

Here are 23 times celebrities and stylists called out designers they refused to work with:

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Zendaya made it to the cover of Vogue, [and] She’s never worn Valentino, or Gucci, or Chanel… We’ve built that girl’s career and my career using smaller brands and emerging designers to prove a point. Now that they want to wear it, I say no,” Roach told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Danielle Brooks told Vogue that, “No matter how many SAG Awards, Tony nominations, Grammy wins I’ve Got, not many people will design for [her]”Because it does not fit the ‘sample size’.”

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She said, “I never got a chance to wear these big-name designers, it was never an option whether I had a stylist or not.”

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Longtime stylist Kristen Stewart, Tara Sweenen, called Blanvin every two months for seven years asking them to dress up her client, but the brand said it was a little too small. Each time, they replied, “Listen, our offer to sell these clothes is closer to the 1930s, so it’s not what we want yet.”

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“Finally, it was as if the clouds had opened, and we got it, and [Stewart] It was like, “Nah,” Swinen told The Hollywood Reporter.

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In a 2019 article in The Guardian, Jane Seymour wrote that after becoming a glamor icon and “unofficial inspiration” in the ’80s and ’90s, nowadays not every designer wears someone’s clothes. [her] age.”

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“I don’t care whether re-dressing is acceptable or not – if the dress feels right and appropriate, and if it fits, I will wear it again,” she continued.

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Ahead of the 2019 Emmys, Eddie Bryant tweeted that dressing cool as a plus-size person “sounds like a fairly basic request.”

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In response, Eloquii outfitted her for a custom gown.

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She told People, “I think it’s a different experience for plus-size women in film and television to get dressed for occasions. It’s not nearly as welcoming for us to get dressed up as cool, like, equal in sparkle, in a style, I’d say, owners should wear The costumes are ‘size small’…so to have this experience where they approached me and we weren’t begging for them…and were like, ‘Let’s make this special.’ It was very charming to me in ways I might not have tried before.”


While preparing for the premiere of a movie Ghostbusters (2016), Leslie Jones chirp“It’s so funny there aren’t designers who want to help me…well, that will change, and I remember everything.”

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In response, designer Christian Siriano stepped up to the plate. employment Twitter“Working with brilliant people shouldn’t be exceptional just because they’re not a sample size,” he said.

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However, Leslie added“Well, what difference does a tweet make…should I mention the names of designers who didn’t pay attention to it? Lately put on top of the meltdown. You won’t get my love later.”


Dascha Polanco asked her publicist for access to a luxury brand she adored and spent a lot of her own money on, but they replied, “You’re not in our sizes, not now, maybe in the future.”

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“Now even if they want me to [wear their designs] On the road, I will not give them pleasure. It’s disappointing, but I’m trying to work with up-and-coming designers who are making things for me and collaborating with me.”

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Melissa McCarthy asked five or six prominent designers to make her a dress for the 2012 Academy Awards, but she was consistently refused, so two years later, she started her own line of plus-size clothing.

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Clothing design isn’t out of the way for Melissa, who studied apparel and textiles in college. She previously designed her own dress for the 2011 Emmy Awards with the help of her friend Daniela Pearl, with whom she also collaborated in the modeling business.

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In 2011, Jennifer Hudson called out for designers who only wanted to dress her up after she lost weight and said that “there are so many opportunities when you’re on the other side.”

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She told the Daily Mail, “I have no idea what I was missing out on. It’s like a whole other world. Suddenly every designer wants to dress you up. It’s like, ‘You look great!” Please, choose a dress. Get a bag and what about shoes? I mean, awesome! “

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On the red carpet of the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Octavia Spencer told reporters that “there are no designers coming.” [her]for the upcoming Golden Globe Awards because she’s “just a short, chubby girl.” “

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She said, “It’s hard for me to find a dress to wear for something like that! It’s a lot of pressure, I’ll tell you.”

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However, she won Best Supporting Actress while wearing a custom Tadashi Shoji gown, and people loved her look so much that the designer added it to his spring collection.


When Megan Mullally announced that she would be hosting the 2019 SAG Awards, she also said, “It looks like I’ll be buying my dress online, though, as usual, even though there’s a 100 percent chance of being the camera, because I’m hosting it.”

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She continued on Instagram, “Designers don’t send me dresses. I’m browsing online the gowns sections of different websites—which I know how to do pretty well at this point.” She ended up buying an Alexander McQueen dress.

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Ashley Graham announced that she couldn’t attend the 2016 Met Gala because she “couldn’t get a designer to dress it [her]. “

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She told The Cut, “You can’t just appear in jeans and a T-shirt.”

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Since they couldn’t afford to buy their own designer clothes, Beyoncé’s mom and uncle made all of the collection’s costumes from scratch. She said , “[They put] Lots of passion and love in every little detail. When I put on these clothes, I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra shield. It was much deeper than any brand name.”

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Gabourey Sidibe bought her own Torrid dress for her first big red carpet event in Cannes because designers decided it was “too fat” for them to wear.

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She told Teen Vogue, “Although we’re moving toward more visibility for plus-size people, there’s a lot more [of] push back. So it is important to keep fighting [and] to remain visible until the conversation changes and [it] It is no longer about our bodies because I am not my body. I am a complete person.”

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In 2020, Jonah Hill noted that it has been difficult for him to develop a personal sense of style because “clothes are not designed for overweight people to have style.”

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He told GQ, “For me, that was a huge turning point in perception: Well, be yourself. You don’t have to be anything you don’t want to be. And if you’re really into fashion, you should be, don’t push it too far. Lean on it. “.

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Several designers refused to dress Bebe Rexha at the 2019 Grammy Awards because she didn’t fit her runway size, so in an Instagram video, she said, “If a size 6/8 is ‘too big’… you wanna wear your damn dresses” .

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After her position, several designers reached out to her A-list Grammy nominee, and she attended the event in a ruffled Montsoury gown.

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After several designer brands rejected Rachel Bloom’s request for a dress, she bought her own Gucci gown off the shelf and wore it to the Emmys 2017.

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She told E! , “I’ve said in an interview before, ‘Oh, sometimes it’s hard for places to lend me dresses because I’m not, like, a size zero,’ but also, I can afford it, so it’s okay.”

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employment TwitterAmber Riley noted that, due to the limited options available, she risks seeing plus-size celebrities “in the same shit” on the red carpet.

“We can’t win,” she added.

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During a photoshoot after losing her weight in 2016, Khloe Kardashian noted that she would “never have clothing choices” in previous photoshoots.

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She told Harper’s Bazaar, “There will always be this interest for Kourtney and Kim, but I’ve been working so much for [stylists] Or they didn’t have anything in my size.”

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Bryce Dallas Howard went to a department store and bought her own dress for the 2016 Golden Globes because she likes “there are a lot of options for a size 6 instead of one maybe.”

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I told E! I just picked it up at Nieman’s this week.

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After “Bodak Yellow” went big, Cardi B’s stylists requests were turned down “by high-end designers and Instagram stores” because she “wasn’t an It girl,” but Cardi said she didn’t take it personally.

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She told Teen Vogue, “I wouldn’t turn down an opportunity because they don’t want to let me in, or they just don’t like me in their clothes, period.”

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Tom Ford refused to wear Hayden Panettiere’s dress to the 2014 Golden Globes because he was only wearing one actor to the event, so she bought her own Tom Ford dress.

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I told people, “It’s like buying a piece of art.”

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Despite the criticism she faced, Tom Ford sent her flowers and a sweet message approving of her decision.


Finally, even after she was voted by Esquire as the “Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2012, “there isn’t a single designer in town” who would lend Christina Hendricks a dress. She said, “They only lend a size 0 or 2.”

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She told the Daily Record, “So I’m still struggling to get someone to give me a great dress!”

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