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Christina Hendricks Too 'Fat' For Free Designer Dresses

Updated on September 24, 2010

Wherever you go on the great wide Internets, you'll find praise for Christina Hendricks and her wonderful curves. You'll find writers waxing lyrical about the wonder that is the fact she wasn't chased off the set of Mad Men with a cattle prod until she lost some weight, and you'll find whimsical musings about possibilities for the future – what if we really stopped treating curvy women like freaks of nature?

Well, all the publicity is nice and all, but it would seem that in spite of all the kind words, good thoughts and titles with 'curve' in them, it's still a hard knock life for a woman who is Size 14. Unlike other celebrities, who are always showing up to events in dresses loaned by designers, Christina Hendricks can't get any of that action. Why? Because she's too big. Far too big.

Christina recently lamented the sorry state of affairs, saying: “People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress. They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress. This has always been my size. I’ve worked on other shows with this same size but Mad Men celebrates it and that is nice.”

Of course this isn't some 'anti-fattist' agenda (nor is Christina Hendricks in any way fat). No, what this is are the fruits of the fashion industry's plan to make things easier for everyone. There's a reason why all the models you see on runways are super skinny and look a little bit like they were all stamped out of the same Acme TM body shape machine. It's not just because they're living coat hangers – it's because they all fit the same size dress. When a designer makes a dress, they quite often make it in one size only, then that same dress is shipped from city to city, country to country and must fit every model who wears it.

Celebrities who happen to be a size 0 or a size 2 are in luck when it comes to designer dress loans - they can simply fit the same dress that has been cluttering up catwalks for the past three months, or, if the celebrity is big enough, like Beth Ditto (who is a size 28) then they'll occasionally whip something up especially for her.

So what is poor Christina to do? Evidently she needs more fame points, or celebrity achievements, or whatever it is one must do to make designers forget their size 0 fixation of convenience and come to the curvy side. Unfortunately, until the new model standard is a size 14, Christina might just have to take a leaf out of Beth's books, break out a sewing machine and start running up her own clothes - or alternatively, you know, buying them.


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