Why Melissa McCarthy's starting a clothing line

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 84th annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2012, in Hollywood, Calif. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Melissa McCarthy is launching her own plus-size clothing line -- and here's why.

The 43-year-old actress tells Redbook, "When I go shopping, most of the time I'm disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers--very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people -- and they all said no."

That was the same year she received an Oscar nomination for her role in the hit comedy "Bridesmaids."

The "Mike and Molly" star also says that she went through a Goth phase in college: "I wore white kabuki makeup, had blue-black hair. At one point I shaved an inch and a half around my hairline and continued the white makeup up so it made my head look slightly deformed. I thought it was hilarious. I was in a little town and I just got a kick out of it. I was never sullen. I was a terrible punk -- I was still so chatty."

She'll next star in the movie "Tammy," due this summer, and also has a part in "St. Vincent" alongside Naomi Watts, Bill Murray and Chris O'Dowd.

McCarthy graces the July 2014 issue of Redbook magazine.

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