Melissa McCarthy Designs Her First Custom Red Carpet Gown

Melissa McCarthy is really stepping-up her fashion industry aspirations with her first custom designed gown.

The 45-year-old actress first forayed into fashion with the launch of her clothing line, Seven7.

Melissa says she grew tired of having nothing to wear to red carpet events due to the lack of evening wear options for plus-sized women.

"Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me," she said. " I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no,” she once remarked.

Naturally, Melissa took matters into her own hands - and now she's passing her gift on to other women in the industry!

Melissa recently designed her first gown for a writer of the highly-acclaimed show Turn, LaToya Morgan.

LaToya told PEOPLE she was going to the NAACP Image Awards and was going to buy a dress "off-the-rack" at a store. However, a friend recommended she get in touch with Melissa to custom design her a gown.

In the interview, both LaToya and Melissa spoke about evening wear for plus-sized women often making them feel "old". Instead, Melissa wants her muses to feel like their best selves.

"There is something about once you get a formal gown on that things get very serious. And there should still be a lightness," she said. "You want to feel comfortable and you want to feel like yourself. Because then all of your best qualities, they shine through. It’s not so much about the dress when you feel good. The actual real person shines."

Before becoming an actress, Melissa studied textiles and dreamed of pursuing a career in fashion. 

A classic high-achiever - she is clearly dominating both fields. Go Melissa! 



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