“Orange is the New Black” star Dascha Polanco has revealed that being a fashion forward actress has not been easy. She says that designers have refused to work with her due to her curvy figure.

In an interview with Vogue, Polanco opened up about the horror story that unfolded as she began to gain recognition as an actress. She began to make red carpet appearances and it was then that she found out that being a size 8 or 10 did not make it easy for her to collaborate with certain fashion designers and brands.

“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,” she shared.

Actresses and designer labels frequently collaborate on the red carpet in a mutually beneficial arrangement. Brands get exposure while stars save up and sometimes even get paid to wear brands. The more popular the actress is, the more leverage she has and the more choices are offered. However, Polanco has not experienced this despite starring in a hit television series and being part of “Joy,” an Oscar-nominated film.

Despite the setback, Polanco has been keeping her head high. She is proving that she does not need any help, by making fashion statements on her own. E News previously gushed about Polanco’s daring purple and grey hair, which she sported during New York Fashion Week some years back. She also revealed that she has plans of coming up with her own designs, something that she describes as “something that’s between plus and between sample sizes—a brand that eventually would market to everyone, to all women, period.”