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Looking Perfect at Plus Size: Which Actress Dressed Best?

01/16/2012 at 01:00 PM ET

Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, Amber Riley
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We admit we were drooling over Elle MacPherson last night — that body! that hair! — but some other ladies on the Golden Globes red carpet also had us doing double takes. Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy and Amber Riely all swathed their curves in gorgeous designer gowns, highlighting their best features and leaving us with a case of fashion envy.

Spencer — who nabbed a best supporting actress award and gave another moving acceptance speech — looked lovely in a lavender Tadashi Shoji V-neck cap-sleeve gown with jewel detail. The Help star was still searching for a Globes gown last week, but definitely found a winner.

Meanwhile, funnygirl McCarthy opted against a design from her own label, and instead chose a long-sleeved V-neck emerald gown by Badgley Mischka, sticking with several of the night’s big trends. Glee‘s Riley selected a dress by the esteemed design duo, too, rocking the red carpet in a strapless fire-engine dress.

All three stars were perfect 10s in their Globes gowns, but we want to know what you think. Tell us: Which plus-size star dressed best?  

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Jen on

This is completely unnecessary.

fancypants on

Queen Latifah also looked lovely.

Katrina on

Octavia would have looked perfect if she would have kept an eye on her posture. She’s slouching and it ruins the whole effect. Amber looks really good. Melissa…is that a tent? Melissa is my favorite of the three but that’s not a good look for her. But she’s still awesome…lol

megan on

@jen
what is completely unnecessary? your comment?

Amy on

@megan – She probably meant judging the plus-sized stars on their own and drawing attention to the fact that they’re plus-sized, rather than their talent. The reason they were all their last night.

Tracey on

I agree, completely unnecessary. What’s next? Looking lovely as a scrawny twig? Leave the weight out of it, People.

samantha on

@ Jen…..what is unnecessary????? I don’t understand that comment from you.

kendall on

Maybe you should let Jen respond ;-)

Of course the talent is what counts but @ Jenn, I dont understand the comment from Jenn, Elle gets a page to herself so can plus size actress, its in their right, as well.

Lisa on

I agree that using the stars’ weight as a headline was unnecessary. You don’t see the headline “Which skinny girl looks best?” Why do we need to see it about the bigger girls?

May on

I’m not getting why this is completely unnecessary. In every magazine, every store, every online shopping site, there is a section labeled “plus-sized” to get ideas, browse, or find something to flatter the gorgeous curves. What is unnecessary, is how women make it into a an issue, when it’s not. I saw this and clicked on it, because I want to know how these amazing plus-sized women dressed for a formal event.

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