Leslie Jones and the “sample size”

Lainey Posted by Lainey at June 30, 2016 15:30:02 June 30, 2016 15:30:02

Yesterday I posted about Leslie Jones and how she tweeted that no designers were willing to style her for the Ghostbusters premiere, only one of the most anticipated movies of the year, if not the most anticipated movie of the year. Booth Moore for The Hollywood Reporter reached out to stylists and other fashion people in the business to assess the situation. Apparently the “problem” is that Leslie is tall and isn’t “sample size”:

Stylists I talked to estimated that the 6-foot stunner is probably not a sample size, meaning a runway model size 4, but rather a size 8 or 10, and that could be part of her frustration. But not because of any size bias.

So there’s no size bias…but she’s not a sample size, which is why she can’t find a dress. How does that argument even support itself? Somehow it does. Because stylists like Jeanne Yang (who used to, ahem, design clothes like this with Katie Holmes) and Jessica Paster are defending the designers.

"I’ve had clients who are not sample sizes, for example Nia Vardalos. Designers are more than happy to lend to her. Unfortunately, she’s not a sample size. So the production company gave me a budget to buy her clothes," says stylist Jessica Paster, who also works with Emily Blunt, Olivia Munn and Miranda Kerr. "Christian Siriano saved the day by pulling non-sample sizes, and he himself, the weekend of the premiere for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, did the final fitting with Nia.

"This is nobody’s fault except Leslie’s," says Paster. "She should have known four to five months ago the date of premiere, and said, ‘I’m not a sample size, I need to go to designers early or buy myself a dress.’ Don’t be blaming designers and saying they don’t like you."

First of all, nice f-cking tone. And second… please note the inadvertent but significant use of the “unfortunately” when mentioning the fact that Nia Vardalos is “not a sample size”. It’s “unfortunate” is it? When someone isn’t a sample size, it’s unfortunate? Well, that’s exactly the problem.

I don’t buy that Leslie’s height is a problem. It’s not a problem for Charlize Theron. Or Nicole Kidman. You’re telling me that those two are planning their dresses four or five months out? That if Charlize or Nicole needed a dress next week, it wouldn’t happen for them? And I also don’t buy that it’s the combination of Leslie’s height and her “size” that’s a problem. Because how is it that pregnant celebrities of a certain ilk are able to find designer dresses for major events when their sizes are changing week to week? They’re not calling ahead with four or five months notice for fittings because, guess what?, they wouldn’t know their goddamn measurements and the rate the baby is growing. How come it’s possible for them and not possible for Leslie Jones? Is it really a question of inventory? Or is it actually a matter of selective effort?

Attached - Leslie at Hilarity for Charity in New York last night.

Wenn, Neilson Barnard/ Getty Images

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