'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's' Rachel Bloom Spends $500 to $3,000 on Event Dresses Because She's Not Sample Size

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"A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren't in the sample sizes of 0 and 2," says the star.

Rachel Bloom may be a Golden Globe winner for her role in CW's musical comedy Crazy-Ex Girlfriend (she's also the show's creator), but that doesn't mean she finds it any easier to get designers to dress her for formal occasions.

In an interview with Wealthsimple, in which she reveals she makes $50,000 to $60,000 per episode, she says she spends anywhere from $500 to $3,000 on non-sample-size designer dresses for events.

"A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren't in the sample sizes of 0 and 2, so it's getting harder and harder for me to find clothes without buying them," said Bloom, who's styled by Annabelle Harron. "That's the whole problem with the fashion industry: My body size is literally normal and healthy, but when you put me next to a model, I look obese." 

Bloom notes that the studio tends to cover the cost for hair and makeup if she's attending certain affairs, but if not, she will usually have to cough up about $800 per event.


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The actress' comments about the fashion industry's lack of inclusion for non-sample-size women reiterate what stars like Bryce Dallas Howard and Leslie Jones have previously expressed.

For the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, Howard said she went to Neiman Marcus to buy her midnight blue sequined $4,800 Jenny Packham gown because "I like having lots of options for a size 6 as opposed to maybe one option," she told E! News. She later auctioned off that dress for charity.

Likewise, Jones took to Twitter in 2016 to share how no designers wanted to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere. Christian Siriano eventually came to the rescue and dressed the comedian in a red-hot gown. Hollywood stylists have noted, however, that it's not necessarily designers' fault for not having more options since fashion houses rarely have garments in non-sample sizes ready to go at a moment's notice.