She stars in one of the most watched shows on TV and has more Instagram followers than Kylie Minogue, but Dascha Polanco struggles to find stylist who will dress her.
Like any bright new Hollywood talent, the Orange Is The New Black actress has a host of opportunities to wear fabulous designer creations as she attends red carpet events, premieres and awards nights.
However, she tells Vogue that when she reaches out to high-end labels her attempts to be dressed are rebuffed.
“I understand that it’s business, but still, it’s like, really?” she tells the publication, “My industry friends, who are clear and honest with me say, ‘Girl, they don’t have your size’”.
Polanco wears a US size 8 to 10 – which equates to 12 to 14 in Australian sizing – and most designer samples are designed to fit wafer-thin runway models, something she hopes will soon change.
“I want to break that barrier,” she says, “I still can look as great as someone who’s a size 0. This is why I work out; I’m making sure my body looks how I want it to look, so that I’m confident enough to wear a transparent cat suit, or show skin.”
Polanco is currently working on her own clothing range that fills the gap between size zero and plus-size, but she isn’t alone in feeling abandoned by the fashion industry.
Just last month Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones took to Twitter to vent her frustration after failing to find a designer who would dress her for the movie’s red carpet premiere.
While in June Beyonce used her speech at the Council of Fashion Designer of America Awards to lament the time when she and her fellow Destiny’s Child singers couldn’t find a high-end label to dress a “black, country, curvy girl” and instead had to rely on her mother’s seam stressing skills.
Incredibly, box office giant Melissa McCarthy also struggled to secure a designer when she was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for her role in Bridesmaids.
“I asked five or six designers - very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people - and they all said no,” she tells Redbook magazine.
Even Khloe Kardashian had a similar experience telling Harper's Bazaar that before she recently lost weight, "I was too much work for [stylists], or they had nothing in my size. I wasn't even that crazy big!"