Celebrity stylist Law Roach says that there were a number of factors behind his sudden retirement from the business. While he’s been careful not to point fingers or name any names, Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s description of feeling body-shamed by the stylist could be seen as one example of the “politics” and “false narratives” that drove Roach from the industry. He’s not blaming the actor herself, but he thinks she may have been led to believe he’d critiqued her body size when he says he did not.
At the 2023 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, Chopra appeared to be referring to Roach, who had styled her for an Oscars event the day before, when she described a stylist shaming her for not being able to fit into sample sizes. “Someone told me yesterday that I wasn’t sample-sized,” Chopra said, per People. “I was hurt and I discussed it with my family, and I cried to my husband and my team, and I felt really bad about the fact that I’m not sample size, and that’s a problem, apparently, and most of us are not, and sample size is size 2.”
But Roach refuted this story in an interview with The Cut, saying he never had that conversation with her. “So again, it is her gatekeepers, how they presented what I said to her to make her feel that way. And if that made her feel bad, that wasn’t—it was taken out of context,” the image architect said. “But I’m sure it was taken outta context to get her to be like, ‘Oh, okay, I’m not working with him no more. He’s insensitive to my body.’ Which I’m like, ‘How is that possible? I’ve been dressing you for literally per-pandemic, and it’s been nothing but great things.’”
In the interview with The Cut, Law Roach explained that one of the biggest issues he’d had was often with other members of his celebrity clients’ teams, who would often “gate keep” access to the star, whoever she might be, which leads to problems of miscommunication like this one. “I think sometimes what it is with them is that they have an agenda and I need to be the bad guy because I’m the one who’s dealing with the clothes and the body,” he said. “But I was really surprised that—I love Priyanka. When you are around her, there’s only so many women in this industry that have that thing. I’m constantly inspired by women, and she has this thing that’s very Old Hollywood, Sophia Loren—it drives me crazy.”
Originally published in Glamour.com
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