Justice

Why This Ghostbusters Star Is Frustrated With the Fashion Industry

June 29th 2016

By:
Almie Rose

Leslie Jones has a problem.

The comedian and actress, who is a "Saturday Night Live" cast member and also stars in the "Ghostbusters" reboot, was struggling to find any fashion designers to help dress her for the upcoming movie premiere.

This is an usual problem for a leading lady of a studio-backed, multi-million dollar franchise film to have.

It's highly unlikely that Kristen Wiig, who also stars in the film, is having this issue. Jones does not fit the typical Hollywood mold of a leading lady. One Twitter user told Jones that she was likely not discriminated against, but instead was at fault for not making it clear to her publicist and manager that she needed a dress:

Jones put that to bed immediately:

Jones is making it clear that for months she hasn't been having any success finding a designer to make or loan her a gown.

Jones isn't the only "Ghostbusters" star who is frustrated with the fashion industry.

Co-star Melissa McCarthy also faced wardrobe issues when she couldn't find anyone to dress her for the Oscars in 2012.

 

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"Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me," she told Redbook in 2014. "I asked five or six designers — very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people — and they all said no."

In 2011, she told The Hollywood Reporter: "Trying to find stuff that’s still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible. It’s either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle."

McCarthy now designs her own line of dresses, along with denim and other clothing items.

One designer did step up for Jones.

Christian Siriano threw some waving hands emojis at Jones' way, which is Twitter speak for "hi, I'll do it." Jones was excited.

The "Ghostbusters" reboot has been plagued with frustrations since the start.

As Jones is dealing with fashion designers who ghost on her, she and the other female leads of the movie have also had to deal with contention from men who are fans of the original "Ghostbusters" series and are extremely reluctant to allow their beloved franchise to be remade with women.

Although things worked out for Jones, her solution isn't a reality for most women.

If you're not the standard size, shape, and look of most clothing designers and brands, it's a lot more difficult to find clothing that fits or compliments you. There are steps underway to change that, with people like Melissa McCarthy designing, and online retailers such as Eloquii selling fashionable plus-size clothing.

And even though Jones found a solution, she's still clearly hurt.

Hopefully she will get the dress of her dreams without any issues.