The Word: Hollywood needs more like Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy and her Emmy in the dress she designed herself for the award’s show.

Melissa McCarthy gets my vote as the most awesome thing to come out of 2011.

Not only did the “Mike and Molly” star steal the show in “Bridesmaids,” she also showed “Saturday Night Live” hosts (past and present) a thing or two when she brought her A-game to the show two weeks ago. And now she’s turning her many talents to fashion, not to gain more fame (a la the Kardashians) but because she knows how lacking clothing options are for plus-size women. McCarthy — who designed the dress she wore to the Emmys after she was unable to find something that worked for her — has now decided to do something about it and design her own fashion line.

“I just want people to wear it and feel good about themselves,” she tells Us Weekly. As for who would be wearing her items? “I haven’t thought about anyone else but me. It’s just a lame way to get clothes I want,” she jokes. McCarthy studied fashion before turning to stand-up.

Seriously, this makes me so happy. In a world where so many “celebrities” get fame and fortune because of how they look and not because of their talent, it’s great to see someone use their abilities and healthy body image for good.

Solo says being nude is no match for ‘DWTS’

“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Hope Solo went totally nude for the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. But the soccer star says being in the buff on the cover of a national magazine is no match for the dancing competition.

“There’s no question!” she confided to us while at ESPN’s annual Body Party in NYC on Thursday. “I am confident in my body. I am confident in my athletic frame and I take pride in that. It’s what brings me success. Dancing, I have no experience in. I’m not very good at it.”

And when it comes to other bodies she admires, teammate Carli Lloyd gets her vote. “She is phenomenal. Not only does she have the speed and endurance, but she’s got the leg power and quickness. And she’s got the curves, which I think is actually feminine and actually really brilliant.”

– with additional reporting by Sally Morris

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