People don’t like fat girls? Elle covers Melissa McCarthy

Black and white Elle Magazine cover

Melissa McCarthy covers Elle but it is actually Elle who covered Melissa.

Melissa appeared in the cover of the Elle Magazine. The cover has become controversial because of the decision of presenting Melissa with an outfit that covers her full body and a hairstyle that coves her face.

All this makes me wonder if the decision made by the glossy magazine is based in the fact that they believe that people don’t like fat girls. How true is that? Is it people who don’t feel comfortable looking at big girls in glossy magazines or is it the publishing houses who don’t accept the idea that there are women of different sizes.

Elle Magazine cover

The issue has become a big deal. US Magazine has severely criticised what Elle has done with the popular oversized actress who has always seemed to be comfortable with her size.

This is what USMagazine published:

The heat is on! Not everyone loves Melissa McCarthy’s Elle cover for its November Women in Hollywood issue. In fact, a significant number of fans are irate over the fashion glossy’s decision to photograph her swathed in an overcoat, her face partially concealed by her hair — especially in comparison to the magazine’s other cover girls that month, all of whom are much more exposed in their photos.

This is Jessica Biel in another Elle Cover showing more skin and her full body shape.

Jessica Biel covers Elle
Jessica Biel covers Elle magazine in 2013, we get to see some skin of her breasts curves and her full slim body shape with a tiny waist.

In an essay for Slate about McCarthy’s cover-up, culture editor June Thomas wrote of the full-figured actress’ Elle shoot, “[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.”

Elle has since released a statement defending their styling of McCarthy. “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,” the magazine said. “We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year.”While the Heat star certainly looks glamorous and stylish in the cashmere outerwear, she is definitely and suspiciously far more concealed than her fellow honorees are on their covers. Reese Witherspoon wears a sexy cutout Versace dress on hers; Shailene Woodley is clad in a black one-piece swimsuit; and while Penelope Cruz, who was pregnant at the time of the shoot, doesn’t show her body at all on her cover, her face is left relatively bare and natural-looking.

This is another cover of Elle magazine where we can admire the slim body and long legs of Kylie Minogue.

Kylie Minogue covers Elle and shows legs

Certainly presenting women with their bodies covered by clothes is not the style of Elle Magazine.famous women who are fat

According to E who reports that the high-fashion mag has found itself on the receiving end of rampant criticism over the publication’s November cover, which features The Heat star Melissa McCarthy. The magazine has replied with a statement that explains why these clothes were selected:

“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,” a spokesperson for the Elle said in a statement. “We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year.”

Eonline reports that this isn’t the first time critics have been fired up over Melissa’s appearance. There were speculations that suggested that McCarthy’s face was Photoshopped to look slimmer in a U.K. promotional image for her recent flick The Heat.

how melissa was photoshopped for The Heat Movie
These two images were originally published at the NYDaily News it shows how the excess fat around Melissa’s face was edited with Photoshop.

A film critic called Rex Reed wrote a review of the star in The New York Observer for her performance in Identity Theft, he described the actress as a “hippo,” “tractor-sized” and called her “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”

The mother of two has said in regards to this cruel comment of the NYPost that she was concerned about the criticism not because of its individual impact, but because of our image-obsessed society.

All this make me wonder how true it is that people don’t like fat girls.

“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate,” she said to The New York Post.

“I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”

McCarthy has made the point of how comments like these ones can affect younger girls with body image issues.
“a strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia,” noting how articles like this one “just add to all those younger girls, that are not in a place in their life where they can say, ‘That doesn’t reflect on me.’”

In this case it is believed that Melissa was indeed happy with the pictures that Elle published of her, according to Elle magazine in a segment that aired on Good Morning America today, McCarthy’s reps told the show that the actress “loves the cover” and “even picked out the coat.”

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Self-Confidence & Body Image Master Coach. Author, speaker, blogger and head editor of Sydney4women.com.au encourages women to find their real beauty and believe in themselves. Google

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