In a rare move, Elle magazine featured plus-sized Melissa McCarthy on one of their November covers.
Now, they’re feeling the wrath of those who think they approached it wrong!
The comedic actress was dressed in a heavy duty wool Marina Rinaldi ensem for the shot, and while she looked stunning, many have noticed that her full figure was far more hidden than Reese Witherspoon's and Shailene Woodley's on their respective Women In Hollywood covers.
Celebrity psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser said:
"It’s a disappointment the way they covered her up so much. It is sending the psychological message that hiding is what full-figured women should do. Melissa is beautiful, talented and popular – her beauty should be flaunted not covered. This shows that the fashion world is trying to strike the balance between featuring full-figured women, while still hiding them as well."
Even though Stacy makes a valid point, it’s not unusual for stars to wear winter-oriented clothing on magazine covers during the cooler months.
Obviously Elle claims to have had no discriminatory intentions, and released a statement explaining that Melissa herself had a lot of say in the outfit:
"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."
Check out Elle's three other November covers (below) — do U think Melissa was treated unfairly in her shoot, or do you think she looks great the way she is???
[Image via Thomas Whiteside/Elle Magazine.]
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