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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joan on

Melissa looks to have recently gained alot of weight…she looks stuffed, bloated and very uncomfortable, like she can hardly move.
I wish she would take care of herself, get healthy and stop eating out of control.
The other gals here look so cute and dressed wonderfully …

dee on

@Joan – How on earth do you know that Melissa McCarthy’s eating habits are out of control? Have you ever had a meal with her? Don’t say something like that unless you have solid proof to back it up! Shame on you!

Andie on

Come on, is that headline really necessary? It shouldn’t matter what their size is, these women are beautiful and talented!

Amy on

Yes, it’s the posture that sells it for me. Amber Riley looks like she’s saying, “I’m fabulous, I’m talented, I’m gorgeous,” – and she is.

They all look beautiful, though.

Lisa on

I think they all look very nice :)

Emma on

People Magazine might as well have entitled the article “Look how these fat girls cleaned up so nicely!” The concept of the article is just as insulting.. That said, blubbery chins, arms, guts and thighs are not generally considered attractive or healthy. I’m no twig (size 12) but I would like to think that if I attained widespread recognition for my talent in show business, I would make it my mission to maintain a reasonable and healthy weight so that my options to continue being considered for roles would be limitless. No, I don’t know if these ladies are medically unhealthy or not. But I can surmise that they are not, based on their appearance.

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Olivia on

Why do you have to point out and separate overweighted women’s dresses? They should go with the rest. You are discriminating them by separating skinny from overweight.

Victoria on

I love Melissa. I loved her in Bridesmaids but she needs to stop covering herself up with these tents. She full and fabulous she needs to own it. Put on spanx and keep it moving. IMO, she’s too covered up and that makes her look even bigger.

Betty Burgh on

It’s great to see three different styles side-by-side. You can clearly see where good fit, great color, and showing a little more skin actually slims the silhouette. Clearly, covering up a larger frame with bad fit and color makes one look larger than they actually are.

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