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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Minch on

its nice that you gave these lovely ladies their own seperate headline but the fact that singling them out because their weight was not needed. Then to top it off to decide which dressed best? all 3 look lovely in what they are wearing. As far as I can tell all 3 have more style class then some of the twigs that people popularize.

Get Real People! on

@ May: Sorry, but lets keep it real. Curves and fat are two different things. These women don’t have curves. They are obese. Obesity is a very real health epidemic in this country, and until we stop using euphemisms (i.e. plus-sized, full figured, “more to love”, curve-a-licious) in our dialogues the problem isn’t going to be addressed like it needs to be. Is it that we are all afraid to be “politically” incorrect? Or are we, as a society, in major denial? Because 60% of the population is overweight I am thinking it is the latter. We don’t have to deal with the fact we are all going to die of heart attacks if we give being fat a cutesy-wootsy name.

Kristin on

I agree with Jen…this article is unnecessary… They all look gorgeous but why should they be singled out cuz they are “plus sized”…they are women who look just as beautiful if not more sexy than all of the other hollywood celebrities… It’s like they are singling out the curvy actresses…lame

ana on

Curves? What curves? I have enough of people saying “curves” instead of FAT! I’d like to say that I believe fat people can look good, but I can’t. I say what I feel and I know what I am talking about because I am not thin myself.

K. Co on

Thank you, Betty, for making the one comment that really speaks to the question posed. A good cut, good undergarments, and a tiny bit of daring (and the ability to ignore people who worry about other people’s upper arm fat) do wonders to make a woman with an ample figure look amazing on her own terms.

Goodness, we can discuss obesity vs curves all day – but really, half of all American women are larger than size 12, so there’s a whole lot of us dressing ourselves any given day who never get any style rules that seem to apply to us in the general fashion mags. I’m not reading Shape or Health at the moment, I think I’m reading a style page. So for fifteen minutes, can we please learn a few lessons from some women shaped more like us than The Scarlett Johannsens and J.Lo’s that usually get mentioned as women with fuller figures in mags?

By the way, I work out aerobically and with weights for an hour six times a week, eat 1800 calories a day of fresh, healthy food rich in vegetables and lean meats, and can leg press the equivalent of two linebackers, have no size-related health issues at 40, but I’m still a size 18W. Healthy doesn’t have to mean tiny.

Lily88 on

Oh come on people…. you know what “Jen” was trying to say by “this is unnecessary”, are you all idiots?… There is no need to segregate a plus size person from the others… we are all the same… Whats next, who wore the best weave? or Who is the hottest Mexican? There is no need to be prejudice, we have enough problems in this world.

Lily88 on

Oh yeah, size 12 is considered plus size, so there should be more than 3 ladies up for the vote……

Lily88 on

@ Isla…. Great comment….

fggg on

GO AMBER!!!!!!!!!!

kasia on

mwlissa looked horrible. other two were really pretty

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