Anger After Elle Covers Up Melissa McCarthy
She's on the cover ... in a huge coat
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The good news: An unspoken taboo was broken when Elle put a plus-size actress on its November cover. The bad news: The magazine draped Melissa McCarthy in an enormous coat on said cover. (Alternate covers feature slimmer actresses in tight and/or skin-baring outfits; a Go Fug Yourself poll finds McCarthy is by far the favorite cover star.) Critics aren't happy, Fox News reports. "It is sending the psychological message that hiding is what full-figured women should do," says one psychotherapist. Others are complaining on Twitter: "oh look, it's melissa mccarthy on the cover of @ELLEmagazine let's cover her up in the LARGEST COAT POSSIBLE," wrote @roundraglanroad.

Let's not give Elle any credit for this, writes June Thomas at Slate. The coat is so huge that McCarthy could fit her Mike and Molly co-star underneath; plus, her "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." On Bustle, Marie Southard Ospina agrees this is no victory for plus-size women. "McCarthy is a voluptuous and confident plus-size woman, but you wouldn’t know it looking at the cover photo," she writes. But on MamaMia.com, former Cosmo editor Mia Freedman defends the cover: When magazines "take a baby step in the right direction, we need to encourage them," she writes.

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793tango
Oct 17, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
She's a better cover than those anorexic/bulemic stick figures those magazines USUALLY have. Very few women meet the 'cover model' size or shape. it isn't healthy. Most women are big. Let's recognise that.
YankeeJane
Oct 17, 2013 6:49 PM CDT
In my opinion, McCarthy is highly over-rated. Her rude, crude schtick is annoying. I know that there are a lot of fans here, but I am not one.
vm
Oct 17, 2013 3:26 PM CDT
There is such a thing as being too thin and that too is unhealthy. Society was "taught" to accept what is attractive and what's not; what's too thin or what's too fat. Personally, I'd rather see a healthy woman than a bag of bones. Thin or large - where too much skin is shown it's always unattractive to me. If they covered her up to hide her, that's not fair. If they expected her to wear a skimpy bikini, that's not fair, either. Good taste comes in all sizes. Anyone can be attractive - they just have to dress the part.