The world continues to have trouble figuring out how to handle force of nature, Leslie Jones. Something about the comedienne’s big, bold, and powerful persona has had her simmering in controversy since she first stepped into the mainstream as an SNL cast member. First with her too-politically-incorrect comedy skit about a slave draft, later with her casting as the too-unrespectable-non-scientist-Ghostbuster, and recently with her too-non-feminine appearance in an Allstate commercial, she has found herself the target of attacks mostly originating from the Black community…and apparently relishes the opportunity to respond to them.
This week, however, Jones is on the offensive, and her target is the fashion industry. The curvy, 6 feet tall, 48-year-old star took to Twitter to call out designers who declined to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere.
“It’s so funny that designers don’t want to dress me,” Jones tweeted on Tuesday, “Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”
The fashion world is known to cater to petite or athletic body types, particular when it comes to engaging stars to show off their latest designs at major photo shoots. Jones’ Ghostbusters co-star Melissa McCarthy was been in a similar predicament before when designers didn’t jump at the chance to dress her for the Oscars a couple of years ago.
Fortunately, Project Runway designer Christian Siriano responded to the post with hand-raising emojis, and later confirmed he will create a dress for her. Siriano has had frequent success dressing actresses with different body types — like Danielle Brooks, Christina Hendricks, and Sarah Hyland — in his red carpet gowns.
“I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes,” Siriano told TIME in an e-mail.
Hopefully, Jones will continue to have success delivering her own brand of funny, and her own style of fashion, as she slays her haters.