11 Celebrities Who Refuse To Work With Specific Designers (And Why)

An upsetting number of celebs have encountered designers who refuse to dress them simply because of their size, race, etc. This is one of many reasons some celebs have specific designers they refuse to work with.

Here are 11 celebs who refuse to work with certain designers (and why):

1.In 2024, Zendaya's stylist Law Roach told The Cutting Room Floor podcast that, when they first started working together, "I would write [to] the big five…and they would all say no. 'Try again next year,' 'She's too green,' 'She's not on our calendar.'...By the time she got to American Vogue, she still had never wore any of those designers. She still hasn't."

Zendaya and Law on the Met Gala red carpet,  in a vintage style gown with floral headpiece and him in a light suit with feathery details

2.In 2022, Sheryl Lee Ralph told the Hollywood Reporter, "I really do remember a time in my career when a design house told me that I was not the body that they wanted to dress, with its vulgar in and outs. To this day, I do not wear that line every time I see their name."

Sheryl Lee Ralph posing confidently in a chic long-sleeve dress with a keyhole neckline at a film festival

She continued, "I will never wear their line. I’m sure they’ve changed since then, but that’s what they said."

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3.In a 2019 Instagram video, Bebe Rexha called out brands that refused to dress her for the Grammys because she was "too big" in their eyes. She said, "If a size six/eight is too big, then I don't know what to tell you. Then I don't want to wear your fucking dresses 'cause that's crazy."

Bebe in a layered tulle gown posing at the Grammys

4.In 2016, Dascha Polanco told Vogue, "I had a situation with a high-end brand the other day where I had personally invested so much money purchasing their items, and I love what they do, so I had my publicist reach out to their PR team. Their response was, 'Oh, you're not the sizes we have, not right now, maybe in the future.' Now, even if they want me to [wear their designs] down the road, I will not give them the pleasure."

Dascha in an artistically torn dress and fur coat on the red carpet

"It's disappointing, but I try to work with up-and-coming designers who will make things for me and who will collaborate with me. People who love my curves and embrace them as much as I do," she said.

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5.Ahead of the 2016 Ghostbusters premiere, Leslie Jones tweeted, "It's so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me...Hmm, that will change, and I remember everything." In a follow-up post, she added, "Hmm, what a difference a tweet makes...Should I name the designers that didn't look out? Put y'all ass on blast. You will not get my love later."

Leslie Jones in an off-shoulder gown with a thigh-high slit at an event

6.In 2019, Lizzo told Allure, "If you're not making clothes for me, and if you don't want to make clothes for me, I don't want to wear your [designs]."

Lizzo posing on the red carpet in an off-the-shoulder gown with dramatic sleeves and gloves

"I look good in other [things] anyway. But call me if you want to dress me. If you want to change the game and dress a fat body, call me," she said.

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7.In 2021, doctor/influencer/sexual health educator Dr. Tanaya Narendra, a.k.a. Dr. Cuterus, said on Instagram, "There is SO much pressure on people to lose weight before their wedding — I had that too. Family friends would ask why I wasn't 'dieting' before my wedding (in a span of one month lmao). Some even went out of their way to send me 'slimming teas.' Bridal stores would body-shame (looking at you, Ambawatta [Tarun Tahiliani] {yeah, that was a massive shame, because I'd wanted to wear a Tarun T to my wedding since I was 12. Never going there again."

8.In late 2018, Prada was criticized over a trinket design that resembled blackface imagery. The brand apologize and pulled the product. Then, in 2019, Gucci pulled a sweater after criticism that its design resembled blackface. The brand released an apology statement. In response, on Instagram, Spike Lee wrote, "I, Spike Lee Of Sound Mind And Body Will No Longer Wear Prada Or Gucci Until They Hire Some Black Designers " To Be In Da Room When It Happens". It's Obvious To Da Peoples That They Don't Have A Clue When It Comes To Racist, Blackface Hateful Imagery. [sic]"

Spike Lee in a patterned blazer and cap at a fashion event

"WAKE UP. Ya-Dig? Sho-Nuff [sic]," he said.

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9.T.I. also called for a boycott of Gucci 2019. Tagging the brand on Instagram, he wrote, "As a 7 figure/yr customer & long time supporter of your brand I must say... Y'all GOT US fucked UP!!! APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED!!!! We ain't going for this 'oops my bad I didn't mean to be racist and disrespectful towards your people' shit!!! Y'all knew wtf y'all was doin and WE AINT GOING FOR IT!!! We ALL GOTTA Stop buying, wearing, and supporting this piece of shit company And ALL PIECE OF SHIT COMPANIES UNTIL THEY LEARN TO RESPECT OUR DOLLARS & VALUE OUR BUSINESS!!!! [sic]"

TI in a striped tracksuit stands on the event backdrop

10.In 2011, Christian Dior suspended John Galliano following an online video that emerged showing the designer going on an anti-Semitic rant against a couple in a cafe. In a statement, Natalie Portman said, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way."

Natalie Portman posing in a dress with floral details at an awards event

"I hope, at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful," she said.

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11.And finally, in 2019, model Robyn Lawley started an online petition against the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. On Instagram, she said, "Until Victoria's Secret commits to representing ALL women on stage, I am calling for a complete boycott of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It's time Victoria's Secret recognized the buying power and influence of women of ALL ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities."

Woman in a green halter-neck dress with an embellished neckline stands against a backdrop with logos