Aidy Bryant Says Her Life Changed When She Stopped Trying to Lose Weight

Aidy Bryant might be one of the most confident and body-positive celebrities in Hollywood, but it’s taken her a long time to get there. The Saturday Night Live star recently opened up about how she struggled with body image as a teen and was constantly putting pressure on herself to lose weight.

“I was spending so much energy on something that really, no matter what I did, wasn’t changing,” Bryant told The Cut. “And I truly got to a breaking point. I was like, ‘How much longer can I do this? Can I do this for the rest of my life?'”

“I finally was like, ‘What if I put all of that energy into just trying to like myself and focus on the things I actually want to do as opposed to this thing that’s like a made-up concept?’ And I’m not kidding, my entire life changed after I did that,” she says.

“Within two years, I was hired by Second City; two years later I was hired by SNL,” she continued. “I stopped letting it be an all-day, everyday thing that defined everything that I did. And it worked.”

It didn’t take long for Bryant to become a fan-favorite on SNL, but there are still times she feels like she’s excluded because of her size. In the same interview with The Cut, she recalled an incident when the whole SNL squad got together for a photoshoot and she was the only one who had to wear her own clothes because she was a size 18.

“It was just humiliating,” Bryant says. “The other girls had racks of clothes to choose from and were wearing these thousand-dollar dresses, and I had two sacks or like one matronly mother-of-the-bride dress. Those were the first times where I was like, Something is different here and this isn’t fair. This is a f***ed-up situation, and it’s purely because of my body. Not because I’m less funny-it’s my body. It’s the only reason that I’m treated differently right now. And it lit a f***ing fire in me.”

It was that fire that motivated Bryant to start working on a clothing line for women who are between a size 12 and 24. She said she feels a “moral obligation” to make dressing up an empowering and fun experience for women of all different body types. “It sounds so corny now, but representation does f***ing matter.”

Bryant isn’t the only one to encourage size inclusivity in fashion, which is important considering the average woman in America wears a size 16. Nike and Target recently launched their plus-size activewear and swimsuit lines-and Ashley Graham’s SwimsuitsForAll collection made waves last year along with Zendaya’s new body-inclusive clothing line and Lauren Conrad’s new plus-size collection.

It also helps that designers like Tim Gunn have blasted the fashion industry for treating plus-size women as “complicated,” and showcases like the New York Fashion Week runways are slowly starting to represent women of different sizes.

We hope Bryant’s candor inspires even more influential women to follow suit.


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At a very young age, Aidy Bryant became interested in improv comedy and headed to Chicago for college, which is where most improv comedians start making it big. After working on stage with renown groups like The Second City, Bryant would audition for “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. Bryant landed a gig as a featured player, and was then bumped up to the main cast after just one season.
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Bryant has been part of the “SNL” main cast ever since, and has also appeared on television shows such as “Broad City”, “Girls” and “Horace and Pete”. It can be tough for plus size women to make it big in the show business scene, but Bryant has been able to break through the glass ceiling to become a beloved member of the most popular comedy show in the world.

Bryant’s size has never held her back, even at a young age when she was named as her high school’s prom queen. Bryant says that unlike a lot of heavier children, she wasn’t the center of bullying. “I mean, I had a sense that I was different. I felt like what made me different is what made me prom queen,” she said. “I’ve been lucky to, thus far in my life, feel like my size or my personality are assets to me that made me unique from the pack. And so far it’s been pretty easy for me to keep that perspective as opposed to being ashamed of those parts of myself.”

Not everyone behind the scenes in show business has been quite so accommodating, though, telling the 5’3” Bryant that was 165 pounds at the time that she could change. One casting director bluntly told her that “You’d be perfect if you were the same weight but maybe six inches taller.” Bryant also mentioned that she was typecast, and while in the improv circuit would play the “40 year old mom” despite being only 21 years old at the time. “I know this is because of my body…This is a f***ed thing,” she said.

Bryant also pointed out that the differences between a plus size actress and a very slim one are apparent when doing a photoshoot. While with other cast members, Bryant only had a couple of fashion options while some of her other castmates were given dozens. Still, Bryant has been able to take it all in stride, putting her best foot forward. Still, Bryant couldn’t help but think that maybe a slight change would be in order.

Being the first “SNL” cast member that was over a size 10 was a badge of honor for Bryant, so she didn’t want to completely transform her body so that she would blend in with the crowd, always wanting to stick out a little bit. Instead, Bryant would make some smaller changes to enhance her health, especially with the taxing schedule that “SNL” can bring.

Bryant would add a little bit of exercise by walking throughout the week instead of grueling hours spent at the gym. Bryant also made some minor changes to her diet, and for the most part cut out alcohol. The result was a weight loss of about 15 pounds, which was noticeable in 2016 when she was displaying a curvier figure with a trimmer waist. Not many reporters were pointing it out, though, as it can be a difficult subject to approach.

For some fans, it was pretty obvious that Bryant had lost a little bit of weight, and she seemed to have more energy than usual (which seemed impossible at the time) and she also had more clothing options that she was thankful for at a size 16. After getting glammed up for the Emmys, Bryant said that “It’s been very glamorous to me in ways I maybe haven’t experienced before. So it’s been really, really positive…it’s been such a delight.”

Bryant explained that she certainly wasn’t starving herself to get into the designer dress. “I want to do my own thing and I also want to be able to have breakfast, lunch and dinner and not be afraid to live my life,” she said. “So I can’t get into fasting all day to try and survive a certain dress or something like that, it’s not going to happen for me.”

But would Bryant continue her weight loss and drop below a size 14 to join many of the other female members of “SNL”. It turns out that the weight loss wasn’t permanent for Bryant. By the time 2017 rolled around, Bryant was looking for a new dress size, and it was revealed that she had gone back up to a size 18. Bryant certainly hasn’t panicked about regaining the weight, however, as she’s focused more on promoting plus size fashion that isn’t really available for those above a size 10.

“I do feel like a door is opening,” she said. “There’s been hesitation for me to ask to do custom work with designers, but now it feels doable.” We’ll see if there are any other changes in her future, but Bryant seems happy for the time being and her career certainly isn’t suffering.


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To keep Bryant’s momentum going, we asked Taylor to take the reins on the look that Bryant will wear for her January appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. It’s the first plus-size piece she’s ever made, and—fun fact!—it was modeled after the dress she created for Michelle Obama to wear to the 2016 White House holiday party. “We didn’t approach this any differently than we would with any other custom piece,” says Taylor. “The only difference was not intuitively knowing if the fit looked right before Aidy put it on.”

Seems simple enough. So why don’t designers make plus-size dresses more often? “Designers don’t want to take the effort to customize for bigger sizes,” says Taylor. “They don’t have their usual solution of lending a sample.” Let me explain: Most dresses you see celebs wearing on the red carpet aren’t in stores yet; they’re samples, fresh off the runway, made for an upcoming season in a size 2 only. Until a full size run of the style is shipped to stores the following season, that one dress serves as the piece used in photo shoots and for celebrities to wear to events.

Sometimes stylists dress clients who aren’t a size 2 in current-season dresses from department stores. But that “automatically takes me out of a circle of A-list quality that my peers have,” Bryant points out. And it also assumes retailers actually stock sizes above a 14, which many do not. “We would absolutely be willing to broaden our size range, but our retailers only buy up to size 12 from us,” says Taylor.

Designers who want to solve this issue—and dress the many fantastic actresses, and, you know, humans who are not a sample size—could produce samples in two sizes, say, a 2 and a 14, to make lending a plus-size garment easier. “That takes time, money, and energy,” says Siriano, who tackled this for spring. “You have to fully commit.” He also managed to land sizes above a 14 in stores. “It’s a major up-front cost,” he says. “To make a size run up to 16 could mean there’s $200,000 to $300,000 tied up in fabric alone. You could go out of business in one season if the pieces don’t sell!” The payoff: “We took a risk, and retailers bought up to size 18.”

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And as a last-ditch effort, Bryant says, “there is never a time that I go to a photo shoot without bringing at least six options,” a lesson she learned from her worst experience. “I was at a magazine shoot for the new hires of SNL, and I remember getting there with Cecily and Kate and noticing that there were just three things on my rolling rack—each something like what an 80-year-old woman would wear to sing at a funeral. I was para­lyzed.” Now she hauls separates from her own wardrobe to set, to work with what the stylist brings. “I shop almost exclusively online, from brands like Eloquii, ASOS, Elizabeth Suzann, or Rachel Comey, if one of their straight-size pieces has a little extra room,” she says.

Aidy Bryant is having a pretty major year. There was another standout season on Saturday Night Live, then the much buzzed-about Shrill, based on Lindy West’s memoir. (Thankfully, the latter has already been picked up for a second season—because the initial run of six episodes wasn’t nearly enough.) Bryant’s fashion on the Hulu show received a ton of positive attention, and many were bummed to hear that a lot of her looks were custom-made. But if you’re a fan of her style, there’s a new and much more direct way to get it for yourself.

Bryant announced the launch of her very own plus-size clothing line—a project she first teased back in 2017. Called Pauline, it launched with a single dress available in sizes 12 to 28. “BIG NEWS: i made some dresses for you guys! from my new clothing line, @shoppaulineny 🔮 it’s a limited run so shop fast! follow @shoppaulineny for updates. love ya! xo, aidy ⚡️,” she wrote in an Instagram announcement.

In a video on the brand’s website, Bryant revealed part of her motivation for starting Pauline. “I have been a fat lady my whole damn life…and I always felt like there were clothes out there, but not what I wanted,” she explained. “And what I wanted was something easy and simple and cool, but also comfortable.” She also described how “life-changing” it was when she got to SNL and “had access to all these stylists and tailors and people to make clothes really fit me and fit my personality.” After receiving such amazing responses to the pieces she and stylist Remy Pearce were creating for her, she decided to bring them to people who didn’t have the access to experts that she did.

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Pauline’s inaugural design, called the Lovington, is a but­ton-down dress that comes in three different patterns—solid blue, gingham, and stripes—and retails for $175. Bryant describes the dress as “easy, cool, made with nice fab­rics, and they have pockets so you can put your shit in there.”

We can’t wait to see what’s next.

Aidy Bryant Just Launched a Plus-Size Clothing Line, and, UGH, It’s So Good


If you finished binge-watching Shrill on Hulu only to immediately find yourself lusting after Annie Easton’s cool, colorful style, don’t worry — Aidy Bryant is here to help. The style icon and Saturday Night Live actress just launched a new clothing line, pauline, and the first drop includes some easy, breezy and, most importantly, extremely cute shirt-dresses that would definitely fit in with the show’s aesthetic.

“I have been a fat lady my whole damn life … and I always felt like there were clothes out there, but not what I wanted,” she revealed in the website’s intro video. “And what I wanted was something easy and simple and cool, but also comfortable.”

While there is only one dress style available at the moment, The Lovington dress is available in size 12 to 28 and comes in three different colorways: striped, gingham, and solid blue. According to Bryant, this piece — which is priced at $175 and include pockets! — is “just a little taste” of what’s to come. We can only imagine what she’ll release next (fingers crossed for a fun jumpsuit).

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Aidy Bryant Launches Own Plus-Size Clothing Line Pauline

Aidy Bryant is the latest celebrity to try her hand at fashion, and, spoiler alert: we’re not disappointed. The 32-year-old Saturday Night Live actress just launched her new plus-sized brand, Pauline, and its first collection includes some trendy, breezy, and lovable shirt-dresses that women all over the world will love. Moreover, they’re undeniably reminiscent of Aidy’s easy-going yet sharp personality.
“I have been a fat lady my whole damn life always felt like there were clothes out there, but not what I wanted,” Bryant said in an introduction video. “And what I wanted was something easy and simple and cool, but also comfortable.”

While Bryant established herself as a comedic force on Saturday Night Live, she has since started to branch out from her 30 Rock roots. Recently, she went into an all-new TV venture as producer and leading lady in the Hulu series Shrill. As expected, the show has been super successful with its punch lines and unapologetic take on plus-size struggles. Besides that, fans have also been lusting over Bryant’s character Annie Easton’s unique wardrobe — even crediting it as one of the first shows to depict plus-sized people as stylish.
Although Annie Easton’s clothes are custom-made by Shrill‘s own designers, Bryant has since used them as inspiration for her own brand. “We were getting such a big response from people online being like, ‘Oh my God, where can I get your dress?’” she revealed in an interview with Refinery 29. Realizing the gap in the market, she jumped on the opportunity with her stylist, Remy Pearce, and made Pauline happen.
At the moment, there is only one available style in the Pauline catalogue: the popular Lovington dress. Available in sizes 12 to 28, it also comes in three different colors — from blue and purple stripes, to blue and gingham. According to Bryant, the $175 piece is “just a little taste” of what’s to come.
Right now, it looks like Bryant is going full steam ahead in a bid to change the fashion industry, as we know it. For too long, plus-size consumers have been left out of the conversation, often being excluded from trends or clothing ranges. Fortunately, Bryant isn’t alone in this fight. Lately, we’ve been seeing major retailers like Marks & Spencer making significant strides towards inclusivity. Although they have had their “Curves” plus-size line for some time, they’ve expanded their “regular” women’s line up to a size 24, helping to normalize it even more.

On the other hand, inclusive brand Woman Within is creating an exclusive space where plus sizes dresses are celebrated. Similar to Pauline’s, their selection of dresses come in a variety of prints and designs that are unlike any other brands that populate mainstream shops. And on the high fashion end, we’ve got labels such as Fenty, which is introducing some inclusivity to the luxury market — another sector that has long limited itself to the traditional model aesthetic.

Despite these changes, however, there’s no hiding the fact that we’ve still got a long way to go in eliminating unrealistic standards ingrained in Hollywood and beyond. The day that plus size clothing, models, or campaigns no longer make “revolutionary” headlines is when we know we’ve truly made it.

Back in the spring of 2019, Saturday Night Live actress Aidy Bryant blessed our screens with her Hulu show Shrill. Right after the show aired, though, fans were disheartened to learn that so many of the Shrill costumes had to be custom made, because brands just didn’t carry extended sizes in the clothing that the show needed. Taking things into her own hands, Aidy Bryant just launched a clothing line called Pauline. The collection features plus-size dresses very similar to the ones Bryant’s character in Shrill wears—and styles Bryant wears in her own life, as well. Basically, the line is a perfect combination of both Bryant’s personal style and the costumes from her show. Shrill fans: Unite. Now we can all dress like Annie.

In case you haven’t watched it (Why not?!), Shrill focuses on a woman named Annie (played by Bryant) who constantly fights battles with others regarding her weight—but aims to live the life she’s always wanted without compromising who she is or what she looks like. Annie has some of her own issues to work through, of course, but her clothes throughout the show are absolutely top notch. Now, we can all get a little taste of that style without having to scavenge for plus sizes.

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The collection features three different dresses all available in sizes 12-28. They’re so totally reminiscent of the dresses Annie wears in Shrill, and I love it. From a simple blue frock you could totally wear paired with any accessory ever to a striped dress I’m dying to wear with my favorite sneakers, this clothing line is a breath of fresh air. I’ve always loved Aidy Bryant, and this is just the cherry on top. You can shop all three dresses below—and good luck not purchasing all three. Meanwhile, I’ll just be staring at these beautiful looks until the second season of Shrill premieres.

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Aidy Bryant launches plus size clothing line pauline with Saturday Night Live costume designer

Saturday Night Live and Shrill star Aidy Bryant is launching a new plus size clothing line called pauline, named after her great aunt from Idaho.

Pauline will offer three different designs of the “Lovington” collared button-down dress in sizes 12 to 28. They’re only available for a limited time, but she plans on launching more styles in the future.

“I think the customer is there and it just seems so wild to me that still, I could probably count on two hands the number of plus size retailers that are really making stuff that I’m willing to wear, and that to me is what it’s all about. It’s lack of choice. How do you really ever know your style if you don’t have the breadth of choice?” she asked Refinery29.

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She worked with stylist Remy Pearce on the collection, who Bryant worked with on Saturday Night Live. According to IMDB, Pearce also worked on 30 Rock, Julie and Julia, and The Big C. She was nominated for a daytime Emmy for her costume work on 30 Rock.

When Bryant starred in Hulu show Shrill, Bryant opened up about how difficult it was to find on-trend plus size clothing for her character. After appearing on the show, many people wanted to get her looks but found out that most of the looks were custom-made for Bryant.

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Shrill’s costume designer Amanda Needham told Vulture that finding specific styles for the show was even more difficult than she thought it would be.

“Once you get to a certain size, people sort of want you to disappear. What about the people who aren’t ashamed of showing their bodies, who want it to be more tailored and appealing stylistically?” she asked.

She wanted the audience to know that “You can be whoever you want, wear whatever you want, and feel confident in that.”

Aidy Bryant in the Lovington dress (Alexa Viscius)

Now, Bryant is creating the type of clothing she wants to wear for people who wanted to emulate her style, whether on Instagram, the red carpet or TV.

“I know what it is to be a fat lady wearing clothes and it’s a journey, man. It’s kind of exhausting,” Bryant told Refinery29.

Aidy Bryant Launches Plus-Size Clothing Line: ‘I Wanted Something Easy, Simple and Cool’

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Aidy Bryant is beloved for many things: her witty and captivating humor, body image activism, sharp fashion sense … we could keep going. Now, she’s taking the ladder and bringing her style to the streets with a debut clothing line.

On Thursday, the Saturday Night Live star announced her plus-size clothing line, pauline, on Instagram.

“BIG NEWS: i made some dresses for you guys,” the actress captioned a photo of her in brand’s debut dress, the Lovington. “from my new clothing line, @shoppaulineny 🔮it’s a limited run so shop fast! follow @shoppaulineny for updates. love ya! xo, aidy ⚡️”

“I have been a fat lady my whole damn life … and I always felt like there were clothes out there, but not what I wanted,” Bryant says in an intro video on the brand’s site. “And what I wanted was something easy and simple and cool, but also comfortable.”

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From her Pinnable wedding dress to her Emmys ensemble covered in 3,500 sequins, Bryan has been inspiring with her style for years.

Her inspiration for pauline came from the custom designs she made with stylist Remy Pearce (also, her creative partner for pauline) for red carpet events and shows. After getting an abundance of positive feedback from fans, Bryant decided to make her custom designs more accessible.

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The brand’s debut dress, the Lovington comes in three different prints: solid blue, gingham and stripe (which Bryant is wearing in her Instagram announcement).

The actress describes the dress style as “easy, cool, made with nice fab­rics and they have pockets, so you can put your shit in there.” And according to Byrant, there’s more to come for pauline.

For now, shop Bryant’s dresses at

SNL’s Aidy Bryant on How Shrill Changed TV: ‘So Often Fat Characters Were the Punchline’

When Aidy Bryant first read Lindy West’s book Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, the Saturday Night Live star says the memoir struck a chord.

“Lindy had so perfectly verbalized stuff I had been thinking my entire life but never said out loud,” Bryant, 32, tells PEOPLE. “I was so inspired by the point of, ‘I’ve spent so much of my life trying to fit into a system that wasn’t built for me, and it doesn’t define my value as a person.’ I was like, ‘I agree. There’s nothing wrong with me. I’m good. I like myself.’”

That’s when she signed on as co-creator, producer and star of Hulu’s series Shrill, which is also co-produced by Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks.

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The series stars Bryant as Annie, whom Hulu describes as “a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body.”

Growing up, “So often fat characters were the punchline,” Bryant says. “Even if it wasn’t necessarily about their weight, it was about the way they lived their life or who they were is a joke. An example is the idea that a fat woman would see a man, feel attracted to him, and then she would jump on him and the whole chair would fall apart, or they would fall to the ground and she … And it’s like, that’s not how any fat person has ever interacted sexually in reality.”

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So when Bryant got involved with the project, she knew she wanted to change the narrative.

“I never felt like I saw a fat person’s romantic life treated with any dignity on the screen,” she says. “That was one of the main reasons that one of the first scenes of the first episode is her having sex, and it’s normal, fine, like real sex. It’s not like mind blowing porn sex, It’s just pretty human, normal sex. That is a big part of a person’s relationship to their body and their identity, and so what we wanted to do, was show it with some respect.”

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Bryant adds that the response from fans has been amazing.

“I definitely assumed that young fat women would identify with it, but it’s really been a whole range of men, women, thin, fat,” she says. “People can relate to being really hard on themselves, being their own worst critic and being trapped in that mindset and wanting to get out of it. That is really universal.”

Season 2 of Shrill is available on Hulu Jan. 24.

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Aidy Bryant Chooses Roles Carefully After Being Sent ‘Demeaning’ Scripts Where Her ‘Body Is the Punchline’

“Saturday Night Live” favorite Aidy Bryant co-stars in the upcoming comedy “I Feel Pretty,” which received criticism following its trailer debut for being fat-shaming and insensitive to people struggling with body weight issues. The film stars Amy Schumer as an insecure woman who suffers a head injury that causes her to feel confident and beautiful in her looks. Bryant recently shared a photo with Schumer and co-star Sasheer Zamata, but an angry fan slammed the movie in the comments section.

“I won’t be supporting a movie that continues to perpetuate fat phobia and the notion that for a woman to be confident she needs to look a certain (read: thin, white, rich) way,” the commenter wrote. “The previews are extremely problematic and as a fat woman in Hollywood, who has thousands of fat girls who look up to you, I hope you will consider the message this film sends. Thumbs down.”

Bryant responded to the criticism by explaining her own experience getting scripts in Hollywood that are fat-shaming and “demeaning” in the way they use her weight as a punchline to a joke. Because Bryant has received more than one script like this in her career, she says she chooses her projects extra carefully to promote positive body representation.

“I encourage you to see the film,” Bryant replied. “I think you’ll find that’s not the case. I’m very proud to be in a movie tells the story of someone who believes confidence is directly tied to looks but learns that confidence comes from within. It’s a movie I wish I could have seen when I was 14.”

“Through my short time in this industry I have been sent all kinds of demeaning scripts where my body is the punchline,” she continued. “I choose my projects carefully with exactly these things in mind. Change cannot happen over night and this movie is a step in the right direction.”

“I Feel Pretty” is the latest in Bryant’s blossoming film career. The comedian had a supporting role in “The Big Sick” last summer and also voices a character in “The Star.” The Amy Schumer-led comedy opens in theaters April 20.

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