Crazy-Ex Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom thinks people in Hollywood should talk more openly about money. Rachel appeared on the digital Fall cover of Allure Magazine and shared a few shocking (by Hollywood standards) opinions about transparency in pay (it’s a good thing and helps to address the wage gap), as well the way in which stars “shop” for the red carpet. Rachel thinks the rich and famous should buy their couture instead of always borrowing it. And she came to this opinion the hard way after an incredulous Giuliana Rancic could hardly believe she bought the Gucci gown she was wearing at the 2017 Emmys with actual U.S. currency; a revelation that generated numerous headlines at the time.
Rachel said that when she and her stylist were trying to decide what she should wear for the 2017 Emmys (for which she was a nominee), they were given some options, some of which were available to loan, and some that had to be purchased. Rachel chose one that had an actual price tag attached and bought it (the Gucci gown, pictured above, was at the time retailing at Saks Fifth Avenue for $3,500). When Giuliana (she of the notorious Mani Cam fame), asked her if she was keeping it, Rachel was like, duh?
“I went, ‘Well, I should…I bought it,” she says, laughing, her voice tinged with a lingering incredulity. “[Rancic] was like, ‘You bought it?’ and I went, ‘Yeah, Gucci’s not loaning me a dress.’”
She told Giuliana that most of the dresses that are available for loan are sample sizes, which she can’t fit anyway. And besides, she can afford it, why not buy it? Bloom and her stylist were planning on reselling it anyway, so win-win.
To Bloom, the part she took pride in was admitting she bought a dress in the first place: “Because unbeknownst to me at the time, which I know more now, you don’t admit to buying dresses — because it means no one would loan a dress, right?”
It is a strange paradox that only the wealthiest consumers can afford to buy many designers’ clothes, but to actually do so is stigmatized. Bloom finds this contradiction more than a little frustrating. “People who are earning the most money are supposed to not pay for their dresses — and that’s capitalism,” she remarks. “People are rewarded for being already rewarded.”
It’s not surprising that most of those fancy dresses you see on the red carpet are borrowed. Those rich ladies never pay for anything! But why talk about it endlessly with tuneless finger words, here’s Rachel’s hot take on red carpet realness in song form.
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Here is the first ever MUSICAL COVER of @allure! The message of the song somewhat contradicts the idea of being on the cover of a magazine at all and it’s up to YOU to reconcile the two! Thank you to Allure for commissioning this song and engaging in these types of conversations with me while still making me look like a supermodel for the cover. #cognitivedissonance CREDITS: Song: Myself & Mike Geier Director: @kelly.bales Cinematography: @samulionaire & @jpeades Editor: @samulionaire Hair: @brianmagallones Makeup: @alexbyrnebeauty Stylist: @rajni_jacques *I had no control over “kegel” being spelled wrong in the captions of this video #crazyexgirlfriend