Melissa McCarthy is a big girl and she seems pretty comfortable in her own skin. With that said, she isn’t one of those women who needs to show off every curve, yards of skin and every little love handle. She is a beautiful and extremely funny woman who has had a career explosion since her role in Bridesmaids. It is no secret, Hollywood film stars are rarely over a size 8. For Melissa to be one of the top actresses in the business says something about her talent. But alas, society weight standards are once again rearing their ugly heads.
Melissa McCarthy landed the cover of Elle magazine. Her cover is part of the Women in Hollywood series. Of course, the funny lady looks very glamorous as you would expect any leading lady to look who is covering the magazine. But her cover has sparked an outrage. People are ticked! Why? Why would people be upset with her being honored by the magazine? Well, there are those who think the plus-size actress was discriminated against.
On the cover, Melissa McCarthy is posed in a bulky coat. The only skin that really shows are her calves, her face and a bit of her neck. Her hair is all did up and her makeup is very Hollywood. But it is the coat that has people royally ticked. They assume the magazine rolled the girl up in a burlap sack and plastered her on the cover in an attempt to hide her true size. It does seem kind of strange to see a magazine cover with a female wearing clothes. Typically, there is plenty of leg or just enough boob showing to grab a person’s attention.
As you can imagine, it has been assumed the magazine wrapped Melissa McCarthy up in big coat to hide the fact she has a few more pounds than the other ladies recognized like Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. Keeping with magazine cover tradition, they slipped into something tiny and sexy for their covers. So what gives? Well, it may not be all Elle’s fault. Melissa may not have felt like putting her stuff on display. Not every woman wants to flaunt it. This is true of skinny girls and big girls. Just because you got it, doesn’t mean you HAVE to flaunt it. There really is no rule that says that despite what most females believe
In fact, Elle is defending the cover and says this, “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.” Even Melissa McCarthy referred to the whole situation as “amazing.” A similar controversy was sparked when Adele was featured on a magazine cover. Only her head was shown and once again, people got angry.
Here is a thought; maybe these ladies have some class. Maybe they own mirrors and realize wearing a dress that allows their boobs to hang out every which way and clings to a person like a second skin isn’t always sexy. It boils down to what these ladies are comfortable in. Sure, Melissa McCarthy could have picked a dress that flattered her, but maybe she simply didn’t want to. Maybe she is a little insecure and didn’t want her body scrutinized as people pointed out every flaw while standing in line at the grocery store with their Twinkies and Ding Dongs. Ultimately, she has to live with the cover and she seems cool with it.