Dangerously overweight just a few months ago, Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy, 45, is shrinking before our eyes – and she hasn’t stopped yet.
As for her secret to losing a reputed 22kg in record time, mum-of-two Melissa says she simply changed her outlook on food.
“I truly stopped worrying about it,” she told Life & Style magazine.
“I think there’s something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked.
“I could have figured that out before 44, but whatever.”
Melissa also credits training with a martial arts instructor for the box office hit Spy as a kick-starter to her weight-loss journey.
But her biggest inspiration of late is the launch of her stunning new clothing line, Melissa McCarthy Seven7.
The photos for the ad campaign show a newly svelte and beaming Melissa wrapped in Christmas lights, holding a wreath and looking more gorgeous than ever.
“Creating this line has been such an incredible experience, and I’m beyond excited to share it with you,” she says on the label’s website.
Melissa, who is appearing in new comedies The Boss, Ghostbusters and Cook-Off! in 2016, recently opened up about her motivation for venturing into plus-size fashion.
“I think most women in the US are a 14 [Australian 18]. I think like 72 per cent of women are a 14,” she says.
“So I think it’s a little insane if you’re in this business to tell your biggest section of clientele that you don’t want their business.
“There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country. I would love to be part of breaking that down.”
Melissa says she started sketching and making clothes at an early age and always dreamed of being a designer.
Every element is rooted in something special to her, from her kids’ drawings to special pieces she’s picked up on her travels – nothing goes into the line without her personal stamp on it.
“Now I’m an actress, and dressing well and experimenting with fashion is still a passion of mine, but I found it harder and harder to find great pieces; not just for the red carpet or a character, but for my everyday life.
“So when I got the opportunity to design a clothing line, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to build a better closet for myself and other women; interesting seperates, well-made key pieces that can be mixed and matched to express our mood and personal style on any given day.
“I’ve been every size on the planet and know that I didn’t lose my sense of style just because I went above a size 12.”
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