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Melissa McCarthy launching plus-size fashion range

Comedienne Melissa Mccarthy is stepping into the fashion industry to launch her own line of plus-size women's clothes.

The heavyset Bridesmaids star admits she struggles to find flattering and fashionable outfits, and had to create her own gown for the recent Emmy Awards with designer Daniella Pearl - because there was so little available to her.

The purple dress proved lucky for Melissa McCarthy, who collected the honour for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series at the prizegiving for her role in TV sitcom Mike & Molly.

And now Melissa McCarthy is using her eye for design to provide other larger women with more wardrobe choices.

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