OITNB's Dascha Polanco says fashion labels refuse to work with her because of her size


Dascha Polanco has hit out at fashion designers who will not dress her because of her curves.

Dascha plays Dayanara 'Daya' Diaz on the hit prison-based Netflix show Orange Is The New Black - but in real life is known for her serious sass in the style stakes when it comes to her red carpet appearances.

Dascha Polanco

But, despite her love of all things sartorial - and her ability to look sensational in whatever she wears - she claims that certain designers consider her too large to dress in their garments.

She confessed to Vogue magazine that what she wears is incredibly important to her, and added of the snubs by fashion houses: "I understand that it's business but, still, it's like, really?

"My industry friends, who are clear and honest with me, say, 'Girl, they don't have your size, and you're not at that level yet, so you have to either move that way or just build those relationships so that later in the future maybe it happens'."

The 33-year-old actress has almost two million fans on Instagram and regularly shows off her ensembles on the page. She proudly flaunts her figure - a US size 8-10, which puts her at a 12-14 in the UK.

Fashion labels are known for lending items to stars to show them off at events. It helps them to build up relationships, while also getting their items exposure for little cost.

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Dascha referenced her success in Orange Is The New Black and also her role in Oscar-nominated film Joy when she added: "It's funny that a lot of the brands are dressing people who are not offering anything as far as talent, they're just out there."

She went on to describe a time recently when she was turned down by label despite being a valued customer and having that all-important star quality that many brands desire.

She revealed: "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.

"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."

She went on to stress that they must be "people who love my curves and embrace them as much as I do".