Bebe Rexha Claps Back At Designers Who Said She Was 'Too Big' To Dress For The Grammys
American singer and songwriter, Bebe Rexha has slammed designers who said she was "too big" for a custom dress at the upcoming Grammy awards.
The 29-year-old, who is nominated as Best New Artist, took to Instagram to claim that some of the designers she approach did not want to style her as she is a size 8 (UK size 12).
"If a size 6/8 is 'too big' then I don't know what to tell you," she asserted. "I don't want to wear your [expletive] dresses, 'cause that's crazy."
"You're saying that all the women in the world that are size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses," she continued.
Rexha captioned the video; "Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. 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. We are beautiful any size! Small or large!"
She concluded by declaring that her "size 8 a**" would still be attending the Grammys, which are due to be held on the 10th of February.
The performer did not reveal which designers her team had contacted.
Rexha's situation is not unique, however. Recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards, Melissa McCarthy was allegedly rejected by several designers ahead of the 2012 Oscars, where she was nominated for her seminal role in Bridesmaids.
"I asked five or six designers - very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people - and they all said no," she told Redbook magazine.
She ended up wearing a gown designed by Marina Rinaldi, who specialises in sizes 10 to 22.
Additionally, Will & Grace star, Megan Mullally recently revealed that she had to buy her dress for this year's Screen Actors' Guild Awards online. "Designers do not send me dresses," she announced on Instagram. "Even though there is literally a 100 per cent chance that I will be on camera, because I'M HOSTING."
This is not the first time that Rexha has been outspoken about such issues. "A lot of times, people want to pitch girls against each other and I don't like that," she said during an interview with the BBC last year. "Am I competitive? Yes. But I don't want to harm anybody. I want to help other women and I want to support artists that are coming into the industry - because I feel like I didn't get support when I came in."
Ironically, this comes a year after performers used the Grammys to campaign for women's rights, with both male and female artists arriving to the ceremony with white roses.
Well, it looks as if we still have a long way to go, folks.