Melissa McCarthy Makes Plus-Size Fashionable

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Known for her hilarious Bridesmaids quotes and her starring role on Mike & Molly, actress Melissa McCarthy is living proof that you don't have to be plastered across gossip sites in bikini photos to be laugh-out-loud funny.

Plus-size women can feel like stars, too.

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After co-designing her Emmys dress with dressmaker Daniella Pearl, the 41-year-old - who combed through "9 million dresses with taffeta or shiny bows" - decided to create a clothing line for women with similar body types.

"Trying to find stuff that's still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle."

It wasn't until McCarthy became a mom to daughters Vivian, 4, and Georgette, 1, that she stopped feeling insecure about her physical appearance.

"I just try not to give too much energy to it," she says. "At 20, I would have been like: 'Don't they like me? Was it my hair?' At 41, I think the things that define me, I hope, are a lot more than those kinds of petty things."

Now that's something all of us could probably learn from.

In addition to delving into the world of fashion, McCarthy and her husband, actor Ben Falcone, are also starting their own production company.

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