Bebe Rexha, who is up for two Grammy awards next month, was justifiably hurt and infuriated that designers had turned down the opportunity to dress her for the award show, citing the fact that she was “too big.” Rexha hit back publicly last week with a battle cry that was heard all across social media. “If a size 6/8 is too big, then, I don’t know what to tell you, then I don’t want to wear your f–king dresses, ’cause that’s crazy.”
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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. Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then by their size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY
Rexha spoke not just for herself, but for all women who have ever been made to feel like they aren’t the right size. “Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then by their size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys.” The musician has been nominated for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Rexha has been open in the past about the challenges she faces as an artist in the limelight. In an interview with Teen Vogue last year, she spoke about struggling with anxiety, an interview that seemed to foreshadow how she was able to turn her pre-Grammy rejections into an experience that empowered herself and her fans. “I’ve always had fear and anxiety [about] wanting to be accepted, but when I’ve shined the most and people have related to me the most, was when I was able to not eliminate those anxieties, or those fears, or insecurities, but to kind of just push through them.”
Christian Siriano Applauds Rexha for Speaking Up
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Christian Siriano applauded Rexha for speaking publicly about being turned down by designers. “I thought it was pretty brave of her. I mean it’s kind of humiliating to say people don’t want to do something for you, so I think it takes a lot of humility to say, ‘Oh they don’t want to dress me.’” Though Siriano won’t be dressing Rexha for the event, he had offered her his services after the musician had given designers a piece of her mind.
Thanks everyone for the love! We have dressed @BebeRexha a few times and would love to do it again!
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) January 22, 2019
Siriano, whose pieces can be found on the runway, on the red carpet, and now with a line of Christian Siriano shoes at Payless, is entirely comfortable designing for women whose bodies come in all shapes and sizes, with his line available in sizes up through 28. In December, he publicly offered to dress Megan Mullally for her gig hosting this past weekend’s 2019 SAG Awards after she revealed that no one designers wanted to dress her. “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. designers do not send me dresses,” she had shared on social media.
Siriano also stepped up the plate in 2016 when Leslie Jones, one of Ghostbusters’ leading ladies, shared on social media that no designers wanted to dress her for the movie premiere. “[She] was really upset because no one wanted to dress her, so that’s when I dressed her, which turned into more of a social chat that like there’s actually people out there that get turned down, which is so strange,” he shared with Fox News. “It’s just a dress. We’re not curing cancer here. It should be easy and fun. It’s not so serious.” After Jones wore his red off-the-shoulder gown to the premiere, the dress sold by the hundreds.