Back before âPitch Perfectâ and âBridesmaidsâ and fashion pros picking out or even making her clothes, Rebel Wilson was like any other plus-sized girl in a department store.
Grab and go.
âIf something fit me around the waist I would go, âAll right,â â the actress said. âI wouldnât think, âIs this flattering or is this the right color I wanted?â If it fit, I would say, âBingo, letâs go.â And get out of the store as quickly as I could.â
Wilson, 37, kept those memories close when it came to designing her own plus-sized line, Rebel Wilson X Angels, the launch of which brought her to the downtown Seattle Nordstrom store Saturday.
The average American woman is now a size 16 or 18, Wilson noted.
âAnd yet, thereâs not that many brands, or plus-sized designers,â she said. âSo I was like, âWhatâs that about?â Itâs about fashion being exclusive and not inclusive. And for me, thatâs unfair.â
Wilson was never âa fashionable young ladyâ growing up, she said, but she has learned a lot as an actress working with stylists. She used that knowledge in creating her line, which includes jeans, tops, dresses and â most notably â a soft-pink bomber jacket with âRebelâ stitched across the back. The line runs between $49 for a knit top and $139 for an A-line lace dress.
âI have learned so much about how to dress myself and what looks good on my body type,â she said, âand when I look around, especially at my fans, there are so many of them almost my exact same body type.
âAnd I thought, âWell, if I have trouble finding clothes out there and have to get stuff made, thereâs obviously other women out there who canât find trendy clothes,âââ she said. âWeâd have to buy two dresses and make them into one or alter dresses heavily to make them look flattering.â
Among the 300 people who lined up to meet Wilson and pose at a customized photo booth with her â where she mugged like the comedian she is â were Kelly Drake and Stephanie Carlson, both 36 and from Seattle.
They had already been through Rebelâs racks and bought a few things.
âItâs not overpriced and frumpy and one style,â said Drake, who came in when the line hit the store earlier this week. âItâs got edge. I donât want to wear grandma clothes.â
âItâs not that paisley, âhow much do you want to be a cowgirl?â look that we always get,â Carlson said. âWhen you can come somewhere and try on clothes and it works? Thatâs incredible.â
Wilson flew in from New York, where she is filming the rom-com âIsnât it Romantic.â
She believes she may be one of the first female plus-sized romantic leads in a feature film.
Her love interest? âThe very hunky Liam Hemsworth.â
Coming in December: âPitch Perfect 3,â which did well with test audiences.
âWe didnât phone it in,â Wilson said.
Beyond that, well, sheâs preparing to release a line of clothes for the holidays, featuring double-sided sequins that, when you rub them one way they say âRebelâ and when you rub the other way they say âAngel.â
âIt encourages people to touch you,â she said. âItâs so dope.â