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, 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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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.
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.
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.