Like many pop stars, Bebe Rexha is readying herself for the Grammys, which are coming up on February 10. Perhaps unlike some other pop stars, Bebe Rexha’s Grammys dress search is bumping up against fashion’s absolutely ridiculous sizeism, with measurement requirements so retrograde and stringent it feels like, I don’t know, 2008 again.
Rexha posted a video on Twitter describing how it’s all going. “I finally get nominated at the Grammys and it’s like the coolest thing ever. A lot of times, artists will go and talk to designers and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet, like you’ll go to any big designer,” she said. “So, I have my team hit out a lot of designers, and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big... If a size 6/8 is too big, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t wanna wear your fucking dresses.”
The fashion industry’s sizeism has been an issue with red carpet events before—recall the appalling bullshit poor Leslie Jones had to go through for the Ghostbusters premiere before Christian Siriano, a truly inclusive designer, outfitted her in a gorgeous gown—but as more of fashion wakes up to the fact that sample sizes are not the only beautiful bodies and, hello, manufacturing larger sizes is actually a pretty good financial move, it’s seemed to have alleviated just a smidge. But the notion that a size 6/8 is “too big”—despite being a few sizes smaller than the average American woman, who wears a 14—just underscores the anti-woman sickness that pervades much of fashion. It also goes to show that the turn towards “self-love”/ “self-care” in marketing over the past several years—the all-inclusive, love-your-body, Dove genre of ads—still serves to obscure the self-hatred many of us are being taught about our non-model-esque physiques.
I can’t wait to see what kind of knock-out shit Bebe Rexha’s finally going to wear on the red carpet, and to her I offer a public plea: NAME NAMES.