"Imagine being a plus-size girl yourself and then launching a fashion line that is not size-inclusive": Social media is hailing harsh criticism for Rebel Wilson's new fashion line – and rightly so. Now the actress has spoken out about the accusations.
Rebel Wilson once became famous with her role as "Fat Amy" in the "Pitch Perfect" franchise. Now the actress has launched her own fashion collection – without plus sizes. How can that be?
Back on 3 November 2022, Wilson announced a new "limited edition" fashion line with her partner Ramona Agruma, the L.A.-based owner of loungewear company Lemon Ve Limon. So far, the R+R "experiment" only includes sweatpants ($149) in sizes XS-XL and a hoodie ($179) in sizes XS-L/XL. And yes, this size range leaves us frowning a bit: did Rebel Wilson, the actress who has repeatedly championed body positivity and inclusion of the plus-size community, really design a fashion line that ends at size XL? At least her fans on social media are more than disappointed by this.
Rebel Wilson: This is how harshly she is criticised by her fans for her no-plus-size fashion line
In a video that has been viewed more than 96,000 times, TikTok user Destiny Ann questions the logic behind Wilson's latest venture. "I don't understand how someone who has been multi-weight most of their career, most of their life – someone who knows how hard it is to be fat, to buy clothes and actually find them in their size, with that background, that knowledge, can put out a brand that only goes up to XL," she said.
On Twitter, one:e user:in wrote: "This whole Rebel Wilson situation gets under my skin. She really put out a fashion line that doesn't include plus sizes and only includes a combined size out of L/XL. Her entire career has been built on making fun of her own multi-weight body. The fucking audacity of it."
Here's how Rebel Wilson is now addressing the criticism of her fashion line.
Although Wilson has not directly commented on the reactions, she seemed to address the reason for the criticism in her Instagram story: "We plan to offer more colours and sizes for R&R Club in the future," she wrote recently, as screenshots shared by American magazine Buzzfeed show. "We are experimenting with this limited capsule collection with only two pieces in limited sizes," she wrote in another image, before reportedly asking her fans for input on size and colour options.
In the age of Yitty by Lizzo, it's hard to imagine Rebel Wilson not being able to launch an inclusive "experiment", but this is also the actress who once called herself "the very first plus-size girl to star in a romantic comedy" and blocked Twitter user:ins who criticised her non-observance of Black women like Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique. Hopefully, Rebel Wilson will expand R+R's size range in the future, but it's also quite possible that the damage done to her fan community will be irreparable. TikTok user Destiny Ann sums it up, "People's biggest argument for this is always, 'Oh, it's so expensive to offer so many sizes.' But it's Rebel Wilson. She has money."