US singer Bebe Rexha ‘too big’ at size 12 for designers
American singer Bebe Rexha has revealed numerous designers have told her she is “too big” to dress for the Grammy Awards.
The songwriter, who has written for Selena Gomez and Eminem, posted a video on social media saying “a lot of designers… do not want to dress me because I’m too big”.
Rexha, 29, has been nominated for the Grammy Awards on 10 February for Best New Artist, and also Best Country Duo/Group Performance for her song Meant to Be with Florida Georgia Line.
She said because she is a size six to eight (UK size 10-12), nobody would make her a dress, as is customary for nominees at awards ceremonies.
In a video she said: “So, I finally get nominated at the Grammys and it’s the coolest thing ever”A lot of times artists will go and talk to designers and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet – they can go to any big designer.
“I had my team hit up a lot of designers and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big. Literally, I’m too big.
“And if a size six to eight is too big then I don’t know what to tell you and I don’t want to wear your f****** dresses.
“It’s crazy, you’re saying all the women in the world that are size eight and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses.
“So all the people who said I’m too big and I can’t wear your dresses. F*** you, I don’t want to wear your f****** dresses.”
She added in the caption that it is okay if designers do not like her fashion style or music, but “don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size”.
“Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then by their size,” she wrote.
“We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY.
Those who have heard of her problem have called for her to share the names of the designers who refused to dress her, so women can boycott their clothing lines.
Others have praised her for publicly standing up for women who are not stick thin.
And many have said they are shocked at designers’ excuses, as the average US size is a 14 (UK 18) putting her on the lower end of the scale.
Other stars have revealed they have had the same issue in previous years, including Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy who was nominated for her role at the 2012 Oscars.
“I asked five or six designers – very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people – and they all said no,” she revealed after the awards show.
She wore a dress by Marina Rinaldi, who specialises in women sized 10 to 22 (UK 14 to 26).
Will & Grace actress Megan Mullally said she had to buy her dress online to host the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards next week.
“Designers do not send me dresses,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Even though there is literally a 100% chance that I will be on camera, because I’M Hosting.