Stylists Say Leslie Jones's 'Ghostbusters' Dress Dilemma Is Her Fault but We Call BS

Deep down, we don't think we were really surprised to hear that Leslie Jones had trouble finding a dress for the Ghostbusters red carpet. She is flawless but the fashion industry is not, and of course it stuck up its nose at Leslie's body. What is surprising, though, is that a celeb stylist is turning this whole deal around on Leslie and saying it's her fault she couldn't find a dress -- she should have been skinnier or she should have started shopping sooner, the stylist said.


Are we kidding you? No, we are not. People really, truly seem to think that Leslie is to blame for a fashion industry that flat-out ignores any body that's not a waifish size 0.

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Here's Leslie's original tweet that set this all off:

And here's how Jessica Paster, a celebrity stylist that we never wanted to care about, responded to it, in a piece by Pret-a-Reporter:

This is nobody's fault except Leslie's. She should have known four to five months ago the date of the premiere, and said, 'I'm not a sample size, I need to go to designers early or buy myself a dress.' Don't be blaming designers and saying they don't like you.

What Paster is missing, however, is that Leslie's frustration was presumably less about this specific premiere and more about the fashion industry's strict standards of beauty and how those standards are damaging a more inclusive and a more body-positive society.

The point is that Leslie should not have to fit in a sample size -- sample sizes should already fit Leslie.

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Paster's argument that Leslie should have started looking for dresses sooner has some validity to it, but only because it's not unreasonable for designers to want advance notice of these things. They should want notice from any celeb, though, not just the size 10 ones.

But according to Les, she DID start looking for dresses months ago. It's just that designers weren't having her then, either:

The Pret-a-Reporter article claims that Leslie's problem isn't "size bias," but that's exactly what it looks like to us. It looks like major designers aren't interested in or prepared to dress a size 8 to 10 woman, or even imagine what their clothes might look like on someone of that size. That looks a lot like bias toward the waifish to us. We're not crazy, right?

Jeanne Yang, another stylist quoted by Pret-a-Reporter, suggested that designers might be afraid of going bankrupt on making a dress for Leslie that she doesn't like. What, because of the yards and yards of fabric it will take to cover her monstrous, massive body? 

But then, a lot of designers who do go through the trouble to create things, and spend the money and time, sometimes they take a gamble then the client says they don't like it. Then you've spent $5,000 to $10,000 for a dress that's not worn. It can be the death of a line.

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Thankfully, Christian Siriano is willing to take the risk on one of the smartest, funniest names in the business today. He responded to Leslie's original tweet with a wink and a wave ...

... and now Pret-a-Reporter is confirming that the two are actually working together for this premiere. 

Christian's right. He's also one of the few who's in a position to make change and actually seems interested in doing so, so hopefully we'll see some shifts happening in the near future. Finally. And in the meantime, we can't wait to see what Christian and Leslie come up with for the premiere.


Image via Jen Lowery/Splash News

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