Melissa McCarthy Defends Controversial ‘Elle’ Magazine Cover [IMAGE]

    October 18, 2013
    Erika Watts
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Funny woman Melissa McCarthy was recently named one of Elle magazine’s top 2013 “Women in Hollywood,” and was put on their cover. This sounds impressive for a plus-size actress who has had a lot to overcome to make it in Hollywood, right?

Wrong. Even though McCarthy describes the experience as “amazing,” she and Elle have experienced a tremendous amount of backlash over the magazine cover. McCarthy is featured wearing a coat on the cover while the other women who graced the cover of this issue (there were multiple covers), such as Penelope Cruz and Reese Witherspoon, were wearing “sexier” pieces. Some folks are outraged with the clothing difference and think that Elle “hid McCarthy under an oversize coat.”

Check out Melissa McCarthy’s Elle cover:


The cover was torn apart (figuratively) in an essay by Slate’s June Thomas. “This year, Elle‘s token plus-size cover girl is McCarthy, who was photographed in a Marina Rinaldi coat so huge that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath,” wrote Thomas. “McCarthy’s hair covers a quarter of her gorgeous face, and with her hands stuffed deep into her coat pockets, the only visible flesh is a tiny triangle between the coat’s lapels and the briefest glimpse of calf. Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy’s curves.”

McCarthy felt honored to make the cover of Elle and has no problem with what she was wearing. “[Elle is] a magazine I grew up with and I hadn’t done anything quite like that,” she said. “I was nervous… It was kind of amazing.”

Elle’s official statement on the issue: “On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover. We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year.”

Considering McCarthy doesn’t have a problem with it–and she is known for speaking her mind when someone tries to shame her for her body size–it seems like the outrage is much ado about nothing.

Check out two of the other Elle magazine covers for the 2013 “Women in Hollywood” edition below. Do you think there is a problem with what Melissa McCarthy is wearing compared to the other women? Respond below.

Reese Witherspoon


Shailene Woodley


Images via Elle

  • Hmm

    Since the beginning of time, fit people have been viewed as attractive. Why is porn so popular in America? The average woman in porn weights 117 and the average American woman weighs 164. These things have been proven and studied time and time again. Not say it is right or wrong…. just that it is what it is.

    However, we are moving towards this notion that it is okay to be overweight in this nation. We are so politically correct. In actuality, no it is not okay to be overweight — many problems occur with that. We were never meant to a fat species. Our bodies are designed to be fit. When I say these things, I am not just talking about women but men too. When I say overweight, I don’t mean 10-20 pounds overweight. I mean 30, 40, 50, 100, 200 pounds.

    I think we need to address what is going into foods, depression (people eat when they are depressed), and lifestyle choices. No one really wants to be overweight. Sometimes life is just hard on people and people struggle with things.

  • Hikari

    With respect, I don’t understand how you took away from this article that anybody’s “Pro-Obese” because they object to the way Melissa was shot on this cover. Is it ‘pro-obese’ to remark that they certainly could have found a more attractive garment to put her in for the cover of a magazine? For the record, I object far MORE to the picture of teenager Shailene Woodley, who they’ve dressed in less clothing than she’d be allowed to wear at a yoga class. A sheer black leotard and sneakers? Really? If she wore that on the street, she’d either get arrested or propositioned for sex, or both. That photo is incredibly exploitative of an underage girl, all because she is young, pretty and thin. Of the three, only Reese’s outfit is classy or appropriate.

    • Hmm

      Huh? Shaliene Woodley is 21 years old and is not an underage girl. Although, underage girls are all looking like they are in their 20s, so I understand how you could think she was a teenager. We kid ourselves when we think our teenagers are kids anymore. Have you been to a major city and seen teenagers now? Teenagers used to be thin and do things like play outside and climb trees. Now they are fully grown, have plastic surgery, wear g-strings, and are doing everything adults are doing. In fact, there was a website that was dedicated to showing that very fact — what kids used to be like and what they are now. I know there is an “axe” commercial that shows women throughout the years – the whole premise was that women are progressively getting hotter — the pictures are actually really telling. The world knows our teenagers (especially girls) look like fully grown adults now.

      As far as “pro-obese” goes, I think there is a huge push in this country for everything to be acceptable. Instead of saying, hey wait a minute — it is not good to obese; we always have to make sure that we do the politically correct thing. We have to do the politically correct thing and have a plus sized model. When the reality is that it isn’t good to be overweight. Heck, I am overweight and I know it isn’t good. I am not obese, but I could stand to lose a good 10-15 pounds.

      Nothing I said is a commentary on what a person is like on the inside or the worth of a person. It more of a commentary on that it really is not good to be overweight. This nation really is getting out of hand. Thin people are actually becoming rarities and our health is really suffering.

      My comments were really more general than specific. Thanks for the feedback. Take care.

  • http://google ann vanpelt

    I like the cover. It’s something I could wea, not the usual skimpy outfits other celebs wear that I couldn’t, wouldn’t and would have no placde to wear. Shame on the naysayers.

  • http://cat1313@comcast.net Catherine Cremaldi

    What is wrong with this generation. Melissa McCarthy looks quite smashing wearing a fabulous coat that is suited for everyone. I never would have noticed Elle Magazine if it wasn’t for her on the cover. She is quite a talent and makes people laugh, she has a very pretty face, she’s married and has two kids. Sounds like the comments scream jealousy. We definitely are who we are, there are unnaturally skinny people, there are medium fat people and fat people. They are healthy, its all in the genes, because fat does not make you die any younger, it makes you happy and happy is a good thing, worrying about your weight is a very unhealthy thing, again “we are who we are” whether it be skinny or fat.
    Just hope that designers start making fashionable clothes for heavy people instead of what their designing now. People will pay more money to look good regardless of their weight. Amen