Melissa McCarthy shows off her 50-lb weight loss in her own design: awesome?


I still think it’s adorable to see Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham having such a fun work-friendship. I never would have put them together, but out of the cast of Spy, it seems like Melissa and Jason had the most fun together. These are photos from last night’s NYC premiere of Spy. I’m including photos of Jason, Melissa, Rose Byrne and Jude Law.

Melissa looked especially pretty right? She wore a dress that she designed herself. I’ve had a problem with her style lately and that’s because she’s too covered up. I feel like that’s a default for so many plus-sized women and it’s unfair. Granted, some women (of all sizes) don’t want to show all of their bits and pieces, but it’s not either/or. Plus-sized women shouldn’t have to choose between wearing what are basically burqas versus showing too much skin. Anyway, Melissa talked a bit about her clothing line last night:

“I just don’t believe in a uniform,” the actress, 44, told PEOPLE on the red carpet. “I think if people have it and they love it, great, but I think people get into a rut and I’ve always been someone who gets a kick out of dressing.”

McCarthy’s personal style depends on her mood on any given day, but she’s drawn to “classic things that can morph,” she said. “I like vintage, I can never pick one style. I like a little blouse that looks great with a pencil skirt but then the next day I can wear it with ripped jeans and boots.” It’s that chameleon-like style that she’s applying to her own designs: “I’m trying to give women a closet that gives them some variety,” McCarthy said.

That includes some playful items that hold special meaning; when asked what her favorite piece in the collection is, the actress said, “There’s a sweater with a cat drawn on it that’s saying ‘Meow,’ and my daughter drew it and it just kind of breaks my heart.” The proud mom of two girls (with husband Ben Falcone) got a little emotional as she described it. “I’m such a dorky mom, I get choked up about the dumbest things. Not that that’s dumb. It’s just that she’s very creative, she loves to draw,” McCarthy told PEOPLE, while holding back tears.

“I want women to get dressed every day and feel good about themselves. I don’t care what it is, if it’s dyeing your hair blue, if it’s a sweater, whatever you want to do, if it makes you feel good and empowered, I stand behind it 100 percent,” McCarthy told PEOPLE. “And if I can be a little tiny block on that wall, I’d be proud of that.”

[From People]

Well, I hope Melissa’s clothing line is a success. The dress she wore last night was pretty enough and hey, maybe Melissa will really kill it as a designer.

Oh, and if she’s looking smaller in these photos, that’s because she’s apparently lost about 50 pounds in the past year. Good for you, girl!




Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Kitten says:

    Rose and Bobby don’t look as hot as they usually do 🙁
    Bobby looks too tan and I’m not feeling Rose’s dress and styling. Bummer, because I usually love them.

    I still Melissa should lighten her hair. She looks so much better as a honey- blonde or caramel-brunette.

    Jude looks really sexy. Hair is better than last time we saw pics of him.

    • mimif says:

      Yeah the dark hair is really harsh on her, but she looks great. I have a pair of organic sheets from Target that look remarkably like her dress. That’s not snark, that’s a fact.

      • Kiddo says:

        So they play Adam Levine at Target too?

      • mimif says:

        I’m coming for you.

      • Kiddo says:


      • joan says:

        She gravitates to puffy, fluffy pastels, and volume — but looks so much sleeker and thinner in a tailored look.

        When she’s in a tight black funky look she looks like she lost 50 lbs. just because of the outfit. And it suits her personality better too.

        Those long puffy sleeves are the worst.

    • Rachel says:

      I actually had to scroll to the comments to decide if that was in fact Rose Byrne. She is a beautiful woman and (IMO) a very versatile actress… but she looks like death warmed over in that photo. I don’t know what it is. But she looks like she needs a week’s worth of sleep and a conditioning hair mask.

      And are they a couple? Is this old news? Where was I??

      • doofus says:

        I didn’t know they were a couple either!

      • Esmom says:

        I know, I was surprised, too. He’s always skewed me out a bit after his role on SATC but he talked glowingly about her in a radio interview not that long ago, it was sweet.

  2. Pandy says:

    She looks great! I like her dress a lot – I wish her success with her line. Rose Byrne looks like a wax statue in a doily … yikes.

    • net22 says:

      I think Melissa looks great. I like her dress allot. If the same dress was on some skinny actress most people would say it was classy – which it is in my opinion. Good for her!

    • Elisa the I. says:

      I saw an interview yesterday with her and she looks fantastic. The straightenend hair suit her!

  3. Mrs. Wellen-Mellon says:

    Pretty Melissa, unflattering dress. It looks like she sewed it herself from Joann’s fabric.

    Go instead with vertical lines, no empire waist, closer fit to the body, less volume to the sleeves and tucks …

    • chaine says:

      I’m fine with the shape of the dress. what i don’t like is the color and the print and the long sleeves, which make it look like nana’s nightgown. She looks wonderful otherwise, and I’d love to see her again in that dress but in a rich color, a bold print, and sleeveless.

      • Timbuktu says:

        I know very few women with weight issues that want sleeveless. It is usually a much bigger struggle to find a summer dress with sleeves (not long sleeves, but some sleeve).

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      Agreed. She looks lovely from the neck up but that dress is super unflattering. The empire waist makes her look pregnant.

    • Esmom says:

      I like the design in theory meaning I could see a good idea somewhere in there but the execution took a couple wrong turns. I think the worst offense is that it has just too much volume. A narrower silhouette would have been much more flattering.

    • Hautie says:

      The empire style waist is not really the issue.. as much as Melissa is just short.

      And being that tiny and fuller figure… means even the best idea’s for bigger girl dresses… do not come off well when you are only 5’1. As a taller bigger girl… say someone at 5’10 would have been able to pull off the dress with the empire waist.

      But it is a lovely dress. And she probably loved the way it moved when she walked.

      I do love how Melissa has even managed to make Jason Statham… who is a well known surly assh*le… look giggly. Geez, he has actually been really talkative/funny in the few interviews, I have seen him do for this movie.

    • FLORC says:

      Her dress is awful and looks cheaply designed. That bit of bling looks to have clipped in the extra fabric to give the elastic waistline because the stitching/tailoring wasn’t there.

      I like Melissa, but all this talk of not being able to find clothes for her body… then coming out with her own line makes sense. Meanwhile some of her best looks are designer dresses that came to her to dress her.

      On a side point everytime I go to a department store for a dress i’m finding size 12, 14, and 16 are everywhere, while my 2 or smaller (depending on vanity sizes) are gone and out of stock.
      IMO it’s become very difficult to find smaller sizes where departments and mall stores are catering to larger sized customers. I’ve resorted to pursuading the sales people to undressing the manequins so I can purchase the dresses they have on.

      • ozmom says:

        FLORC, maybe they have started putting the smaller sizes behind the tires after Melissa’s earlier complaints. 😉

      • Alice says:

        I find tons of 2s and 0s(my sizes)in consignment shops. Also, designer labels. Check that out. I also get smaller sizes in vintage shops and I love vintage.

  4. doofus says:

    DAMN, Jude Law has been looking good lately. I was never into him before but DAYUM.

    • mimif says:

      I heard he’s looking to make a few more children, doofus.

      • doofus says:

        I ain’t saying I’m a goldiggah…

        (…but I bet we could make pretty babies..!)

      • FLORC says:

        lol doofus!
        He’s swarmy hot. I’m upset with myself finding him so attractive. Conflicting!

      • Kiddo says:

        Think about the sockless shoes!

      • FLORC says:

        That is super gross, but i’d have to brea my gaze to notice. And as soon as I look away from the knees down i’d likely forget what I saw. Much like The Silence of Doctor Who.

    • chaine says:

      agree, he somehow recovered some of his hotness. spray tan, maybe?

      • susanne says:

        Spray tan, spray hair…I know he’d be all sticky and oily, like the hood over a greasy diner range. But I would hit it and slide right off.

    • Esmom says:

      He does look better lately although here he looks too tan. Between him and Bobby the fake tan just abounds here.

      But sadly I don’t think he will ever regain the hotness that was him in The Talented Mr. Ripley. It was his glorious peak, I think.

  5. aims says:

    She looks radiant. Beauty comes in all forms.

  6. Jan Harf says:

    Um, why do Rose and Bobby look so miserable? I love them both.

    • Hautie says:

      I am inclined to believe there was really bad lighting on that red carpet. Or at least I hope is bad lighting… 🙂

    • laura in LA says:

      I don’t think it’s the lighting; that’s some bad body language between them, and it says, “that’s not happiness to see me…”

  7. Kiddo says:

    That cutout dress at the bottom makes that woman’s legs look very very odd.

  8. elle says:

    Speaking of weight loss, what’s up with Bobby Canavale? Whatever he’s doing has aged him terribly. And he seems to be stuck in the Jaden Smith bewildered expression mode.

  9. The Other Katherine says:

    Losing 50 lbs. is a huge achievement! Good for her, and I hope she is able to keep most of it off so that she can feel better and enjoy exercise more. She looks happy here.

    • Lilo says:

      What I don’t get…there was a time on Gilmore Girls were she was rather thin, a lot thinner than now, and people didn’t give a damn. Why did her weight become such an issue in the past years?

      • MadMenluv says:

        Because she wasn’t a household name then as she is now…she was the funny chubby friend on “Gilmore Girls” and after that ended in 2007 you didn’t really see her again until “Bridesmaids” in 2011 and after that she’s done a string of mostly comedies and became famous. So now of course she’s going to be more scrutinized over her weight…

        You’re right though there were a few seasons I think 2-3 in GG where she was in really great shape and then her character got married and got pregnant and she never lost the weight after that

      • Ally8 says:

        She had a great wardrobe on Gilmore Girls. Their costume person really knew how to flatter her curvy figure.

    • laura in LA says:

      She is beautiful at any weight but positively glowing (and looking better than anyone else in these photos). I just hope for her sake that she’s also getting healthier, too.

  10. INeedANap says:

    Yes but what the h3ll is Rose Byrne wearing.

  11. boredblond says:

    Good for her..she looks healthy and happy. Rose B looks like she’s been dipped in starch, huh?

  12. Penelope says:

    MM’s dress looks like a nightgown.

  13. Lurker says:

    Rose Byrne always looks so dour.

    As an aside, there’s this Yahoo interview done with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender where fans asked them questions. One of them was “Who took themselves seriously?” when filming. McAvoy and Fassbender get really cagey, and they never say who, but it’s clearly someone from First Class because of what they hint at. It’s been killing me trying to figure out who it was, and I always come back to Rose Byrne or January Jones. It was clearly not someone in Days of Future Past, because Jackman didn’t have an answer and thought the reactions of Fassy and McAvoy were funny (and Jackman wasn’t in First Class).

    • Rachel says:

      I don’t know… Rose Byrne does a lot of comedic films. I can’t imagine her doing movies with Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogan, Owen Wilson, etc and taking herself too seriously.

      • Lurker says:

        True. Then maybe it was January Jones.

      • FLORC says:

        JJ has a rep, but she’s been getting loads of coworkeer praise from Last Man On Earth. Private person, but sociable and kind on set. Maybe she’s adjusting as time goes on?
        Still think Flay is her baby’s father. And she’s unlikable.

    • V4Real says:

      Jackman was in First Class for about 5 seconds where he said the best line in the entire movie which was Go f_ck yourself, to Xavier and Eric when they were recruiting. I laughed so hard tears came out my eyes.

      • truthSF says:

        Definitely the best line in the movie. I don’t know anyone that have seen it and didn’t laugh.

      • Lurker says:

        Oh yeah, he was in it for that 5 awesome seconds, but clearly didn’t have the same cast interactions as Fassy and McAvoy.

        The whole Yahoo interview is really fun to watch. Those three guys are hilarious together.

  14. Angel says:

    I like what Melissa’s wearing, it’s just a maxi dress like every other woman wears. I don’t see it as covering up but as wearing what others wear – damn those lists of what shape should wear what.

  15. Micki says:

    That’s one nightgown from hell

  16. smcollins says:

    MM is so beautiful! Even when she’s made to look plain or unattractive for a role you can still see the pretty. Hard to hide those eyes and dimples! 😉

  17. lucy2 says:

    Melissa looks great! I always like her hair and makeup, and she’s a lovely woman. I don’t mind the dress. I probably wouldn’t choose it for myself, but if she’s having fun with her fashion line and wearing stuff she likes and is comfortable in, good for her.
    Rose and Bobby both look uncomfortable. She is so pretty, but too much makeup or something here.

  18. InvaderTak says:

    I’m pretty sure the pattern of that dress is the cloth version of a Lowe’s special bathroom wall paper.

  19. FingerBinger says:

    Melissa looks great. Her weight loss is very noticeable. You can tell by her face.

  20. Guesto says:

    She has such a beautiful face.

  21. Gwen says:

    Melissa is giving me a Kate Middleton vibe

  22. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’ve never been really, really heavy, but I’ve been 25-30 pounds overweight, and people who say there are great options out there are wrong. I totally lost my sense of style because I just had to wear what fit rather than what I liked, and it was miserable. So good for her for giving plus sized women some fun clothes. It’s like Angel said above – it’s a maxi dress and that’s in style now, so she can feel like she’s wearing something designed for someone her age, not mother of the bride.

    • FLORC says:

      Maxi dresses imo are never in style. They’ve just always been around as a seasonal look, but rarely on trend.
      And John Oliver mentioned them appropriately on his show speaking to standardized testing.

      “Unfortunately, “accountability” is one of those concepts that everyone’s in favor of but nobody knows how to make it work, like “synergy” or maxi dresses. No matter who wears them they look like a poncho tried to f*#k a waterfall.”

    • laura in LA says:

      Yep, I agree, and what people don’t realize is that she’s designing and wearing these outfits as her body’s still changing, especially hard to pull off being in the public eye, I imagine.

      Also, as remarkable as her weight loss has been, it takes a lot longer for the mind to follow and adjust to perception vs. reality.

    • notsoanonymous says:

      I completely agree. I’m in that 35ish pound overweight mark and a size 14, sometimes 16 in pants due to my waist size (having a baby didn’t help) and I’m stuck right in the middle. Most XL t-shirts and dresses fit me wrong, but I’m not the right shape or size to move down to a large or up to 1X or true plus size. Pants are even worse – I don’t typically fit into a 14, but 16s run huge on me and 14W don’t fit me either. When I find things that fit well, I do feel beautiful but I’m not paying to get things tailored when I can’t find quality stuff to begin with.

      I doubt her clothes are ones I’d wear (based on what I’ve heard and seen so far) but I love when clothing lines cross the ‘plus sized’ line and design for all body types.

  23. LA Juice says:

    If she feels great in it, that is all that matters. Man, Bobby gives me the creeps.

  24. Chris R says:

    I love her and so far I think the designs have been cute and good options for women who want a little cover up and a lot of flowy. I think she should think about doing some 3 quarter sleeve designs, as they look good on everyone. She could have put some boho, relaxed beaded jewelry with this dress and ditched the sparkly thing at the waist and it would have looked way cuter.

  25. Grace says:

    I’m not sure I like Melissa’s dress or not but I like her attitude on fashion – using clothing and hair to express oneself. As a teen I looked crazy but I used fashion, not drugs, to figure out my identity and express myself. Dressing the way I liked always made me feel good.

  26. rlh says:

    The various openings for this movie are the first time I have seen Jason Statham smile so easily and openly. I have a fantasy of McCarthy & Statham having a fling. Love them both. So happy she is staring in a movie like this, which I will be seeing ASAP.

  27. Debutante says:

    Am I the only person who doesn’t find melissa m. Attractive ?? Nothing to do with her weight, I just don’t see what everybod yelse keeps commenting on. I find her face to be very average looking. Nothing special and that dress sure doesn’t help.

  28. A.Key says:

    She looks the same, what am I missing??

  29. boo says:

    I’ve always liked her, I think she has the most attractive face, I especially love those dimples. It must be hard being her weight in Hollywood, where all the starlets eat air instead of food! I wish her all the luck in the world, she seems like a really nice lady.