Orange Is The New Black Star Danielle Brooks Talks About Sizeism In Fashion
You might know her as ,Tasty, from the Netflix show "Orange Is The New Black." Her real name is Danielle Brooks, and she is calling out the fashion industry on their sizeism. In an interview with Vogue magazine, Brooks talks about her displeasure with the fashion industry's lack of plus size representation.
The bigger the celebrity, the more fashion brands desire to work with them. This does not seem to be the case for Brooks. The actress has achieved a lot in her short career, but due to her plus-size, it seems most brands do not want to style her. Brooks has been very vocal about asking designers why they refuse to create clothing in bigger sizes, and her questions have been met with reticent answers.
“I haven't been given an opportunity to wear these big-name designers, it has never been an option whether I had a stylist or didn’t. A lot of people won’t design for me, no matter how many SAG awards, Tony nominations, Grammy wins; it doesn’t matter.”
Even though it seems like 2017 has brought a lot of change in the fashion industry Brooks is not impressed, and feels like it is all a bit fake.
“It’s more like ‘Oh this is a trend, let’s get on it.’ Then they bring in Ashley Graham, who is amazing but isn’t the only plus-size model ever to exist. What about Marquita [Pring], Denise [Bidot], Philomena [Kwao], Tess Holliday? When I look at the ads I don’t see faces like mine, I see skinny white women.”
Brooks isn't just talking about the misrepresentation in the fashion industry she is taking steps forward to change it. The Lane Bryant Ambassador has been flaunting her curves in Lane Bryant campaigns on Billboards everywhere. Brooks recalls the first time she saw her body displayed on a billboard.
“I didn't have to lose 60 pounds or change. I got to take the time to embrace and love everything that the world had deemed imperfect."