Bebe Rexha slams fashion designers for allegedly calling her “too big” to style her a custom made dress for her recent Grammy nomination. Rexha, the American singer, songwriter, and record producer, brought light to the situation last Monday, January 21 on an Instagram post where she cursed out the fashion designers that her team reached out to in order to style her.
The story goes that Rexha, 29, had recently been nominated for a Grammy. She praised the fact that this happened to her in her Instagram post because this is what music artists work for; winning a Grammy, let alone being nominated for one, is an ultimate dream in the music industry. Usually, an artists team reaches out to designers in order to create a custom dress for the artist to walk on the red carpet in. Upon receiving her feedback from these designers, this was her response in the Instagram video:
“So, I finally get nominated at the Grammys and it’s like, the coolest thing ever. And a lot of times, artists will go and talk to designers and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet,” Rexha explains. “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. Literally, I’m too big,” Rexha continues.
“If a size 6/8 is too big, then I don’t know what to tell you,” she lashes out. “Then I don’t want to wear your f—— dresses because that’s crazy ‘cause you’re saying that all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses. So to all the people who said I’m thick and I can’t wear your dresses, f— you, I don’t want to wear your f—— dresses.”
Moral of the story, the Fashion Industry continues to slander body positivity throughout every season and platform. It is understandable that the runway has a specific silhouette to abide by in order to showcase a show’s season, however moments like this where they refuse to dress someone because they are “too big” is just plain juvenile. This is basically telling women and men that they can’t wear their clothing because their body is not beautiful enough. Saying that someone who is above a size 6 is too big to style is saying that body positivity doesn’t exist within that brand. These brands will forever be known for not empowering women and instead belittling them to these high beauty standards that this industry has been trying to get over for years.
We’re in a generation where body positivity has been an ongoing process in acceptance, but seeing fashion designers – the Gods and Kings of the entire industry – slander women like Rexha for being too big to style is taking a step back. Seeing fashion designers who are praised as role models in the industry pull this stunt completely demolishes any chances for them to become a voice for body positivity anytime soon.
FASHOM thrives on making people feel comfortable in their own skin. Having these big fashion brands discriminate against women of any body shape is something that should not be taken lightly. This is a huge developed issue that has seemingly gotten worse throughout the industry and we want to make women feel comfortable enough to love their body. Rexha is a voice for women of all body types and it needs to be remembered that regardless what size you are, you are beautiful no matter what; embrace it.