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When Chrissy Metz wore a red latex dress to the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, she wasn’t trying to make a statement about what she’s really into. “I just think latex is cool,” the Emmy-nominated actress said during her keynote address on Saturday at TheCurvyCon.
“I just thought it was so interesting and different,” she continued of the babydoll cut and empire waist piece, a silhouette she typically wears. “What about a big girl being in latex bothers you?”
Nonetheless, people shamed the This Is Us star for the look simply because of the dress’s material, and she had the perfect response.
Back in May, she directed a tweet toward shamers: “I wear what I want, when I want. News flash it’s MY body #thankstho.”
Metz continued to explain her own surprise at the strong reaction that the look received. She had previously tweeted in response to critics. But she had another simple question to ask of the people who felt so strongly.
On Saturday, she added yet another reason for wearing the dress unapologetically. “The Kardashians do it; why can’t I?” she asked.
Another red carpet look that received criticism was the star’s look for the 2017 Golden Globes, designed by Nathan Paul. And to the negativity that came in response to the dress, Metz had a similar reply.
“I wore a dress for the Golden Globes that had sort of a shoulder pad,” she explained. “Everyone was like, ‘Oh my, you wanna look wider?!’ I’m like, ‘Leave me alone, I wanna do what I wanna do, I’m the one wearing the dress.’ So it had a bit of a wider shoulder, but the neckline was lower than I typically wear, and I loved it.”
Metz maintains a flexible approach to clothing, wearing what she wants to wear instead of listening to the opinions of others.
“It’s really about how I feel when I put the clothing on. And people say, ‘Oh you should wear black.’ I’m like, ‘For what? Why? Why should I do anything?’ Because we’re taught by the mainstream media that this looks good on you and your body shape.”
According to Metz, and the rest of the women at TheCurvyCon, that really doesn’t matter.
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