Styling Leslie Jones
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Leslie Jones is one of the four new Ghostbusters. The new Ghostbusters movie is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer. We’ve been talking about it for over a year. Ghostbusters is a major motion picture release.
So…why can’t Leslie Jones find anything to wear to the premiere?
It's so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 28, 2016
After Leslie tweeted that, Christian Siriano reached out with a waving hand offer so it’s possible that he’ll be styling her for the carpet. Leslie then acknowledged the power of social media:
Hmm what a difference a tweet makes. Should I name the designers that didn't look out?Put y'all ass on blast. You will not get my love later— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) June 29, 2016
But why did it have to come to that? It’s not like she doesn’t look good. She looks good in a white blazer and she even looks good in light underlay with lace. Leslie likes clothes. She’s into fashion, as evidenced by this (#shamelessselfcongratulation on my part) tweet a couple of months ago:
This makes me happy!! pic.twitter.com/ifWZaRYT3u— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) April 15, 2016
So you have a star of a major blockbuster. She wants a dress. She’s obviously reached out to designers for one. They weren’t interested. And yet, someone like, say, Kate Bosworth who hasn’t been in a movie that you’ve seen in years, maybe a decade, has no problem sitting front row at fashion shows, wearing all kinds of high end labels with pretty much nothing to promote. You know why.
If Leslie Jones was Oprah, she’d have a dress. Oprah wears Stella McCartney, Zac Posen, Vera Wang, etc. Oprah can get a dress. So can Beyoncé. And Rihanna. And Lupita Nyong’o.
But it goes back to that VOGUE principle. Oprah and Michelle Obama and Beyoncé and Rihanna and Lupita can cover VOGUE. But to be black and cover VOGUE you have to be a f-cking billionaire, the first lady, the greatest entertainer alive, and an Oscar winner. You have to have achieved ultimate greatness – that’s how high the bar is, that’s where the standard has been set. Which is not the standard when you’re not black. And that high to low standard discrepancy applies to styling.
Kate Bosworth doesn’t have to do sh-t and she doesn’t have to make a public appeal if she needs a designer dress for whatever party she’s invited. Leslie Jones is a goddamn Ghostbuster, one of the first four female Ghostbusters, and that’s still not enough.