The secret behind The Young and the Restless star Michelle Stafford's red-hot Emmy dress

Posted Monday, July 08, 2024 10:51:29 AM
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Michelle Stafford had to buy two Emmy dresses over the course of six months. How did The Young and the Restless star do it?

When Michelle Stafford took to the stage after winning the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress at this year's Daytime Emmys, the Young and the Restless star looked like a million bucks in a scarlet red figure-flattering gown. However, Stafford now admits that the dress didn't cost her much at all.

Being a busy single mom of two who has a lead role on a soap while also running a skincare business, Stafford didn't have much time to put into shopping. She also didn't want to spend a small fortune.

"At first, I couldn't really find a dress to wear this year," Stafford told Soap Opera Digest. "I have limited time because I have so much going on with my kids and with my [skin care] company so I couldn't do a whole shopping spree and also I wasn't willing to pay a few thousand dollars."

To that end, Stafford, who plays Phyllis Summers on the CBS soap, tried to borrow a dress from a big designer but didn't have much luck.

"I did ask some fashion houses if I could wear one of their dresses and nobody really bit, nobody was really interested in helping me out. The dress I found was actually inexpensive and I liked the fishtail flare at the bottom. When I put it on, it looked decent and I was like, 'Okay, there you go,' and that's how I found my Emmy dress."

June 7 wasn't the first time that Stafford had to get dolled up in a Daytime Emmy gown. Last year's Emmys were postponed due to the Writers Guild of America strike and didn't take place until December 15. For that ceremony, Stafford wore a gown she previewed on December 12.

"Is it a dress or is it a are gonna decide," she wrote on Instagram next to a pic of her sheer black gown that revealed almost all but covered her up in all the right places.

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It was indeed a dress, but it was one that sent tongues wagging. Not one to let a few comments get her down, Stafford posted another video of herself in the dress.

"There was a bit of discussion on my dress for the #daytimeemmys in my last post," Stafford wrote. "I just want to give some of you another look just in case you wanted to say some more 'things'."

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