Melissa McCarthy Dishes On Redefining Beauty

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Melissa McCarthy is on fire, with two major film releases already set to come out this year.

The 45-year-old actress is also a fashion designer and is working to redefine what constitutes beauty.

“With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another — ‘who wore it best? Whose butt is better?’” the "Ghostbusters" star told Redbook magazine. “Instead, how about if everyone wins?”

“When we told her that we were taking the label 'plus' off of clothing in our issue, her response was ‘Oh my God, that's amazing!’” said Meredith Rollins, Redbook’s editor-in-chief. “Let's let readers know that it comes in their size, but why label them?”

McCarthy, who recently launched her own line of clothing, said beauty comes from a sense of confidence.

“When I feel good about my clothes, I look at the world a little differently,” she told Redbook. “A little bit of joy goes a long way.”

McCarthy is very outspoken about body-shamming and feeling comfortable within one's own skin. She shares that conviction with her daughter and says she will defend her girl like a rabid dog if need by.

"Give me your best punch in the face, and I'll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself…," said the I Spy actress. "There's an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5% of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody's healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have."

Pam Wright