There’s been a hot story in the news since yesterday regarding Elle magazine and their pictorial which featured (among other actresses) Melissa McCarthy. The difference being debated, is the fact that Melissa was completely covered by her hair and clothing while the other women were reportedly dressed in much different attire and showing lots more skin.
I personally love Melissa McCarthy. I think she is one of the funniest women I’ve seen in movies and on TV in just about forever. She’s gutsy (sink scene in Bridesmaids!!) insightful, articulate, beautiful and of course, hysterically funny. Why anyone would want to cover her up in any form or fashion is beyond me.
So what does Elle say about this? Well not much apparently. Their only response so far has been a short statement from Hearst magazines: “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.”
So how do you feel about this cover and the industry’s history of hiding/not using celebrities who happen to also be plus sized? Do you think we should have long ago moved past such stereotypical behavior and attitudes or do you think Elle and others like them should be allowed to photograph and publish how they want?