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The red carpet isn’t a place where celebrities typically get honest, especially about their shopping woes. But that’s why God put Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom on this green earth. On the 2017 Emmys red carpet, Bloom told inquiring minds on the red carpet that she bought her Gucci gown herself, because “Gucci’s not lending me a dress.”
She added, “It's hard to get places to lend me dresses because I'm not a size 0, but also I can afford it, so it's okay.”
Oh, and she says she plans on reselling it on secondhand luxury site The RealReal later.
We rarely have opportunities these days to say, “Stars, they’re just like us,” but...
Because Bloom is truly a gem of which Hollywood is not worthy, this isn’t the first time she’s gotten honest about the fashion industry’s and Hollywood’s disinterest in non-size 0s and 2s. “My dress was designed for me, which was so amazing," Bloom said at an awards season event in 2016. “Curvier ladies can't just throw on the runway look. It just isn't made for boobies and butts and stuff like that.
“Here's the thing: I'm wearing a corset and two pairs of Spanx over it under my dress,” she added. “Because the Spanx cover up the lumps of the corset. That's what busty girls have to do! I basically look like a pirate wench in my undergarments.”
She also got brutally honest about the less-than-inclusive business of Hollywood dressing in the sketch comedy/explainer series Adam Ruins Everything. “Sometimes, the designer can refuse to loan somebody a dress if that person doesn’t fit their brand or has the wrong body type,” she plainly explained. It’s simply marketing — “I’m basically a human NASCAR.”
God bless you, your Spanx, and your refreshing honesty, Rachel Bloom, and may he keep you walking and talking on every red carpet forever more.