The creator of the Emmy-nominated HBO series “Girls” is facing backlash for her plus-size clothing collection. Since the clothes in Lena Dunham’s collection will only be offered up to size 26, people are complaining that the line is not inclusive enough. Nevertheless, Dunham told The New York Times that she had been hard at work with plus-size clothing company 11 Honoré in an effort to get a “tightly edited collection of only five items” out into the market.
Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to wear the Lena Dunham collection. The five items are only offered in sizes 12 to 26. They include items like a $298 jacket and a $98 ribbed mock-turtleneck cotton jersey tank, according to Yahoo News.
Dunham wanted her clothes to be designed for women like her. Since she wears sizes 14 to 16, she hoped that her new collection would give women around her size more choices of what to wear.
“Right now, the only thing I’m doing is speaking about my own experience,” Dunham told the outlet. “So this clothing line is a direct response to my experience.”
According to a science-backed study, the average woman in the United States wears a size 16 to 18. Because women are trending on the larger side in recent years, plus-size brands like Eloquii and Universal Standard have made their clothes available to women in sizes 28 and 4X respectively.
Because Dunham’s clothes will not be available for bigger women, critics feared that she had mistakenly designed items for mid-sized versus plus-size women.
“Am I the only person that still thinks Lena Dunham totally still sucks???” a Twitter critic wrote. “It really wouldn’t surprise me if her mediocre, grifting ass gained weight to make money off a “plus” clothing line…which stops at size 26. Soooo not even truly plus. Mid-size at best. GTFO.”
Another person shared, “It should surprise no one that Lena Dunham’s plus-size line cuts of at a US 26, leaving out the same people that just about every single plus-size line leaves out. If you think you don’t know someone bigger than 26, congratulations, you do. you know me.”
“If your fashion line stops at a size 26, then it’s not as inclusive as you purport it to be. Fat people don’t need more representation in fashion. I just bought some stunning swimsuits that I will look stunning in. We need more. Ending all diet commercials is a good start.”
Meanwhile, 11 Honoré design director Danielle Williams Eke spoke to HuffPost over email about how “it was important” for the company to make sure they offer clothing up to size 26.
“We took a lot of time perfecting the grade up to a size 26, which included multiple fittings on a range of women from size 12-26 with varying body shapes,” Eke said. “Our ultimate goal is to dress as many women as possible, and we are completely open to expanding past size 26 in the future!”
Do you think Lena Dunham’s clothing line is inclusive enough for plus-size women? Should she have worked to expand her clothing offering so women who wear size 27 and 28 could indulge?
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