Quinta Brunson Says Some Stylists Didn’t Want To Work With Her Because Of Her Curves

May 10, 2023 / Posted by:

Quinta Brunson covers May’s issue of InStyle wearing a lovely pink loofah. The interview focused on her FASHUN, and how the immediate success of Abbott Elementary meant lots of awards show red carpet appearances (remember when she had to step over Jimmy Kimmel’s dead body to pick up her Emmy?). Unfortunately for 33-year-old Quinta, finding a stylist was a challenge. She tells InStyle that her body committed “the cardinal sin: to be short and have the nerve to have any type of curve.” Short? Meh. Sure, if they’re skinny. Curvy? Only if the woman has a teeeny tiny waist to balance out her tits and ass. But short and curvy? SACRÉ BLEU! Throw her to the wolves!

InStyle writes that award shows initially left Quinta “a bit on edge,” as “stylists weren’t exactly vying for an opportunity to dress her petite frame”:

“Not only am I 4-foot-11, [but] I’m 4-foot-11 with breasts and a butt. And that’s just the cardinal sin: to be short and have the nerve to have any type of curve,” she says with a playful eye roll. After a few stop-and-goes with several stylists, she found Bryon Javar — the talent behind other small-framed stars Marsai Martin and Karrueche Tran — and they were a perfect match.

From her swooping Gaurav Gupta dress at the Billboard Music Awards to the stunning Jean-Louis Sabaji scalloped shell column gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Javar did the thing.

Quinta says that before she and Bryon Javar teamed up, other stylists would try to put her in fashions that felt “too young.” They’d try to tell Quinta she could still “pull it off”, but that wasn’t enough for her:

“And I was like, ‘But it’s not about pulling it off. It’s about what I want to represent when I come to certain award shows or certain events I have to do.’ I’m not just an actress, not just a writer, not just a producer, not just a showrunner. I want to make sure I can convey who I am through what I wear.”

Quinta says her partnership with Bryon works cuz he wants to evolve with her and help her convey who she is through the clothing. Fashion and pop culture critic Nina Parker says the pair are “working for the greater good: representation”. Nina says other petite women can take inspiration from Quinta when they’re looking for style tips for weddings and other fancy schmancy eventsQuinta says she wants to connect with real people, and that’s why she went out of her way to cast women with curves on Abbott Elementary:

“This is a mockumentary, I feel they do better when you have people who look more familiar, look more like people you actually know than a show that is a typical single camera, multi-camera,” she says. “It’s weird because Abbott turned into that inadvertently, but that’s not where it started. I wanted to portray people who looked real. And that inherently comes with, in my opinion, women who have curves.”

Here’s more of Quinta for InStyle:

I have approximately 12,000 weddings to attend this summer, so maybe I should hire a stylist to help me find designer dresses that work for my body. Except they have to be able to work for free and also pay for the clothes and alter them to flatter my offensively flat ass. My DMs are open!

Pic: InStyle

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