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Ovation: Melissa McCarthy Is A Beautiful Role Model … Even In An Overcoat.


McCarthyMelissa McCarthy is famous for her rough-around-the-edges physical comedy style.  The Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning star of CBS’s Mike & Molly is at the center of a recent controversy involving the cover of the November issue of Elle magazine.  The photo in question is featured on the Women in Hollywood issue and shows the actress in a bulky overcoat with her face partially covered by her hair.  The issue was published with three different cover photos and fans are irate because the other cover girls for the month are much more exposed in their photos.

“[She] was photographed in a Marina Rinaldi coat so huge that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath.  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.” – June Thomas, Slate culture editor

witherspoonThe other covers for the annual issue feature Reese Witherspoon showing off her figure in a fitted black Versace dress, Shailene Woodley wearing a strappy black swimsuit and Penélope Cruz flaunting her flawless face in a close-up shot.

“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.” – Elle in a statement defending their styling of McCarthy.

woodleyIt seems to me that if Melissa McCarthy wanted to show skin she would show skin.  Those who see this as a missed opportunity for her to show the world that women with curves can be sexy might consider that she is showing the world that a woman can beautiful without show any skin at all.  While the other women are all beautiful and sexy, each in their own way, Melissa McCarthy brings a beautiful and honest sense of confidence to everything that she does.  And I think that makes her a wonderful role model.

Even in a bulky overcoat.


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  1. My advice to superficial naysayers on her picture is “get over it.” That is all the time needed for their discomfort. If they don’t like it, don’t buy the magazine. From what I have read, McCarthy is a pretty genuine person. Thanks for highlighting, BTG


  2. I think Melissa looks super sexy in her photo! Pre-Twiggy days – ripe figures like Elizabeth Taylor often posed showing slightly less than their whole bodies & it was beautiful & sexy too!


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