“Trying to find stuff that’s still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
The 41-year-old recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in the sitcom Mike & Molly. To prepare for the ceremony, she had to go through “9 million dresses with taffeta or shiny bows,” in order to find something to wear.
Being unsuccessful in finding a proper outfit, Melissa collaborated with couture dressmaker Daniella Pearl to create her own.
The mother-of-two says her figure can often get frustrating.
“The stupid stuff like what I wear or how I look I can’t control, so I just try not to give 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 kind of petty things.”
McCarthy also revealed her nervousness when receiving the Emmy Award live TV.
“I remember my knees went first,” she says. “And I thought: “Oh God, please don’t fall down. Just keep upright. You’re in a dress. Your mum and dad are watching.””