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Jonah Hill Says The Fashion Industry Ignores Overweight People

Jonah Hill Says The Fashion Industry Ignores Overweight People

Jonah Hill says the fashion industry ignores people who are overweight.

The Superbad actor revealed that he has always been interested in style and fashion but that he found it difficult to dress the way he wanted because the clothes weren't made for him.

Speaking to GQ, the 36-year-old said he thinks people are surprised when they look at him and see him wearing interesting outfits.

He said: "I think the biggest shift in my personal style was that I always had an interest in personal style and fashion, but I was always a bigger guy.

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"It's really hard when you're overweight to dress a certain way, because clothes aren't made for people who are overweight to have style. So, I think it surprises people."

Adding: "Even now, I'll overhear someone discussing my place in the fashion world or whatever, and people are like, 'That guy? The schlubby guy from Superbad?'"

Hill has just launched his collaboration with Adidas, with a line of puffer jackets, trainers, and basketball shorts hitting the shelves.

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He told the publication that he's now embraced who he is and doesn't care what people think or have to say about the way he looks.

"The idea was realising, whether I was big or small, that I really can define my own personal style," Hill said.

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"I think I was conditioned for [criticism] based on my acting career. Because, (A) being overweight and (B) comedy, you're not supposed to be into fashion on either of those sides.

"When I was coming up in comedy, you would get made fun of if you cared about fashion, but I always did."

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He says some people just saw him as the 'schlubby guy' from Superbad. Credit: Sony
He says some people just saw him as the 'schlubby guy' from Superbad. Credit: Sony
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Adding: "And then I'm just like: Wait, how many times do I have to tell myself I can't do something? I've done all these things that I was told that I couldn't do.

"Just keep going, just go on the journey of being into the s-t you're into."

This comes after a 'fitness expert' said she would never work with 'fat people' and that she didn't believe plus-sized clothes should be available to buy.

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The comments sparked a debate with This Morning host Eamonn Holmes who slammed the idea as 'incredibly cruel'.

Samantha Yardley, who works as a writer and editor within the fitness industry, appeared on the daytime show where she told Eamonn and Ruth Langsford that while she didn't want to 'encourage judgement' towards people who were overweight, it was something that needed to be said.

She said: "We all take the path of least resistance - we need to make it more inconvenient to be obese."

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Topics: Entertainment, Fashion, US Entertainment, Health, superbad

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