It’s self worth in the key of Tyra Banks!
Back in 2007, Tyra Banks told paparazzi who were making fun of her weight gain to “kiss [her] fat *ss”.
Now, 12 years later, singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha, who has both recorded her own music and written songs for Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas and Eminem, is heading to her first Grammy Awards, but has found herself the subject of hurtful judgment on the way.
Bebe Rexha took to Twitter on Monday after a series of hurtful comments directed at her size—not by paparazzi, but by industry professionals, who are refusing to make dresses for her because she is “not a runway size.”
“So I finally get nominated at the Grammys, and it’s like the coolest thing ever,” she starts. “A lot of times, artists will go and talk to designers, and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet, right? Like, you’ll go to any big designer.”
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. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY pic.twitter.com/0nqdjXf0Dw
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) January 21, 2019
“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’s dress size is 6 or 8, depending on the make. For reference, the average dress size of an American woman is between 16 and 18.
Wow I must be obese in a size 16!!! SMH!! Size 8… Honey I haven’t seen a size 8 since 6th grade! Size 8 SMH crazy… Hollywood/Grammys that’s crazy
— Renee' Glover (@therealmsglover) January 22, 2019
Tell us the brands! pic.twitter.com/SW2jFfq9Ae
— Christoph Powers (@ChristophPowers) January 22, 2019
“If a size 6-8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t wanna wear your f–king dresses ’cause that’s crazy!” she continues. “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?”
“All the people that say I’m thick and I can’t wear dresses: F–k you! I don’t wanna wear your f–king dresses.”
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 21, 2019
QUEEN- you don’t need their dresses
— Riz.???? (@MeantToBebe) January 21, 2019
Rexha’s story has caused such a stir online that other celebrities have come to her with suggestions:
learn from a drag queen, gurrl. There are hundreds of unknown designers who can custom design you a dress fit specifically to your body. You don't have to buy into designer labels just because you wanna feel rich when you could be supporting up and coming designers
— Manila Luzon (@manilaluzon) January 21, 2019
Yup. @adenarohatiner has no problem dressing my size 8 ass. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you. Sending you a size 8 hug.
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) January 21, 2019
The world needs more of this. Thank you @BebeRexha for always speaking on behalf of all women ❤️
— maty noyes (@noyes) January 22, 2019
Her story has also attracted the attention of other designers, who would be happy to take business away from these pretentious designer brands:
Girl hit me up. We dress ALL sizes. Happy to make you a gorgeous custom gown for this or any future events.
— SHERRI HILL (@SherriHill) January 22, 2019
anyone call @CSiriano yet?
for real tho, how do you not dress a size 8? most of us out here average at a size 12/14. get with the damn program!
— ariana khan (@ariana_y_khan) January 21, 2019
I’ll design your dress any day of the week ????????♀️????????♀️????????♀️????????♀️
— Jamie Koala (@JamieKoala) January 22, 2019
Rexha’s story is sadly not unheard of.
In 2016, Leslie Jones tweeted about a similar struggle to find a dress for the Ghostbusters premiere.
It's so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything
— Leslie Jones ???? (@Lesdoggg) June 28, 2016
That is, until Christian Siriano stepped up to the plate.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 28, 2016
— Leslie Jones ???? (@Lesdoggg) June 28, 2016
And a few other… offers as well.
Ill make your dress lesdoggg. I'm a baker so we can make it out of cookies and hamburger buns #eatitwhenyourdone
— Sean Clark (@alwaysbob33) June 28, 2016
making a list of designers to burn just like Arya Stark
— Rae-Anne (@kitchenwitchin) June 29, 2016
I would commission some young design student to make a dress with all of the offending designers names on it.
— Leslie silva (@lesliesilva0421) June 28, 2016
Other celebrities who have been refused dresses by designer brands over the years include Melissa McCarthy, Christina Hendricks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jennifer Hudson, and Gabourey Sidibe.
Needless to say, this is ridiculous.
Hopefully Rexha’s post will bring some much needed attention to the issue.
Thank you for speaking up for all the women who are feeling like they are not enough.
— leen ◟̽◞̽???? (@loubacktobebe) January 21, 2019
in all honestly I have no idea who you are, I read about this topic on the news. I was truly disgusted to hear so called designers refuse to make you a dress because of your size. This sort of stuff is unacceptable and discriminatory. Thee designers should be boycotted worldwide
— A. M (@masterkui117) January 22, 2019
This is unacceptable!!!! Thank you for speaking up!! You're an amazing and beautiful woman, never forget that ????
— ????Kristien???? (@Kris_Stien) January 22, 2019
Love you Bebe! Go girl!
— Janet Snyder (@JanetSnyderKISS) January 22, 2019
This fashion industry is disgraceful
— Tony Rios Barrera (@t_barrera1985) January 21, 2019
The Grammy Awards will air on February 10th, 2019.
Tune in then to see who dressed Bebe Rexha. Take notes.