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Designers Won't Dress Singer For Grammy Awards Because She's A Size 8

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It's never been a secret that the world's biggest fashion houses prefer to have their clothes on skinny women.

The idea that being skinny is more beautiful has been promoted in the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industry for such a long time now that it's difficult to change people's perspectives.

Over the last few years, the body positive movement has led to a small degree of change, but it's not quite enough.

As celebrities are getting ready for the 2019 Grammy Awards, some are having a harder time than others when it comes to finding an outfit, and it all comes down to their size.

Bebe Rexha, who has been nominated for two of the coveted trophies, recently opened up about the discrimination she's faced while looking for a dress to wear to music's biggest night.

The 29-year-old artist posted a video on Instagram in which she revealed that the designers she was hoping she could count on have turned her down because of her size.

Rexha, who wears a size 6-8, shocked her fans when she explained that she was told she was "too big."

"So I finally get nominated at the Grammys and it's like the coolest thing ever," Rexha begins the video. "And a lot of times artists will go and talk to designers and they'll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet. So I had my team hit out a lot of designers and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I'm too big."

The "I'm a Mess" singer continued, "You're saying all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and that they cannot wear your dresses. So to all the people who said I'm thick and I can't wear your dress, f"”k you, I don't want to wear your f"”g dresses."

In the caption of the video, Rexha not only defended herself, she also advocated for designers to "empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less than by their size [SIC]."

"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," she wrote. "We are beautiful any size! Small or large!"

After the singer's rant, designer August Getty offered to create a gown for her to wear to the special event.

"You are beautiful! Every woman of every size is beautiful!" he wrote. "Just let me know when I should start sketching."

Unfortunately, Rexha's experience is not an isolated one.

Megan Mullaly, the host of the upcoming 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards, recently revealed that she had no choice but to find a dress for herself online because no designer is willing to put her in one of their creations.

"Looks like i will be buying my dress online though, as per my usual, even though there is literally a 100 percent chance that i will be on camera, because I'M HOSTING IT," Mullally wrote on Instagram. Even with all the publicity she would bring them, Mullaly said that "Designers do not send me dresses."

The Will & Grace star added, "I'm online scrolling through the gowns sections of various websites- which i know how to do pretty well at this point- and then i tried to order something from saks fifth avenue and they cancelled my order 😂 oh, the glamor of it all."

Like Rexha, Mullaly was able to capture to attention of a couple of designers, including size inclusive designer Christian Siriano.

"I'd love to dress you!" he wrote.

Other celebrities, like Melissa McCarthy, have also had a tough time finding designer dresses for the red carpet in past.

In an interview with Redbook magazine, the Bridesmaids star said that she "asked five or six designers - very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people," to create an outfit for her to wear to the 2012 Oscars, "and they all said no."

We have no doubts that Rhexa will find something perfect to wear to the Grammys, which take place on February 10, but she deserves a kudos for taking a stand for herself and all other women who continue to be defined by their size.

Blair isn't a bestselling author, but she has a knack for beautiful prose. When she isn't writing for Shared, she enjoys listening to podcasts.