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In movies and TV, plus-size actresses finally assume leading roles

NEW YORK: Long relegated to providing comic relief or playing supporting parts, plus-size actresses are finally getting their due with juicy front-and-center roles in a sign of shifting attitudes towards diverse body types. New Hulu series "Shrill," which debuted Friday and is adapted from the best-selling autobiography of Lindy West, is the latest example of studios willing to depart from the tried and tested formula of slender leading ladies who have dominated the small screen since its creation. To be sure, curvy…

Rebel Wilson ‘deeply sorry’ for plus-size rom-com claims

SYDNEY: Australian Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has apologised for claiming she is the first plus-sized woman to be a lead actress in a romantic comedy, saying her comments were "not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful". The Pitch Perfect star — who made international headlines recently for her successful defamation case in Australia against several magazines — said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that she was "proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy". Wilson was promoting…