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Grace Lee Whitney was told to lose weight

A request for weight loss started a downhill spiral for Grace Lee Whitney. All of the uniforms on Star Trek were known to be form-fitting, except for those on Star Trek: Enterprise. Grace Lee Whitney’s costume as Yeoman Janice Rand on Star Trek: The Original Series was changed from pants to a short skirt at her request because she wanted to show off her legs, and it was made specifically to fit her figure. She’d never had difficulty keeping her weight down for other roles, but that didn’t stop costume designer William Ware Theiss, who designed the mini-dress, to worry about her weight. Surprisingly, even with as slim as Whitney was, he would tell her to lose weight.
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Grace Lee Whitney wanted to wear a short skirt on TOS

Grace Lee Whitney didn’t mind her uniform on TOS. When Star Trek: The Original Series began airing in 1966, all of the female crewmembers wore short skirts and boots. To this day, fans have complained that it wasn’t fair for the men to be able to wear pants while the women had to wear the teeny outfits they did. But Grace Lee Whitney didn’t have a problem with the short skirt. In fact, it was her idea.
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