Melissa McCarthy is all about advocating for empowerment and body-positive thinking. In the April issue of Redbook magazine, the Bridesmaids actress opens up about her take on what it truly means to be happy and how she’s come to accept her figure.
The publication notes just how positive thinking has helped Melissa navigate the tricky waters of the entertainment industry and how much success has come McCarthy’s way since stepping on the scene over a decade ago on the hit show Gilmore Girls.
The hit show is actually making a comeback in the near future, yet as People notes, McCarthy has not been asked to reappear as happy chef Suki, mainly because she’s just too darn busy.
“Melissa McCarthy lives by her own set of rules. They include: loving how you look, letting yourself off the hook, and re-creating your lifeyour way. With a major new movie, and a growing fashion line, Melissa McCarthy isn’t just kicking down barriers. She’s becoming an inspiration…one we really needed. Once you hear her philosophy on loving yourself…”
The talented and hilarious actress gets right down to sharing her thoughts in regards to women embracing who they are, indicating the terrible “epidemic” that plagues the female population, that being the insecurities and negative thoughts about their bodies simply because 0.5 percent of the population, those which are flaunted in the media, are the world’s idea of “perfect.” Redbook relays McCarthy’s words on this matter.
“There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what 0.5% of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”
The fashion designer and mother was sure to share how completely boring this world would be is all women had the same shape and size, advocating for support of one another as opposed to competition with each other. McCarthy hones in on the judgment that is way too prevalent among women in society.
“With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another. Who wore it best? Whose butt’s better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?”
Melissa openly shared her own secret to happiness and indicates how she has used this secret to make clothes for women of any size and hopes to cause each of her consumers to exude happiness as well due to having pieces that fit properly. The star reminds that a good portion of women in the Unites States are a size 14 or higher, and her fashion line, therefore, ensures to include clothing that will fit these sizes.
“I just try to make clothing that’ll make all women feel really good…When I feel good about my clothes, I’m more patient with my kids. I don’t beep at the guy in his car texting in front of me. I look at the world a little differently. The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way.”
The cheerful beauty also drew attention to the sometimes negative association that women have with the term “feminist” and shares how “dumb” she believes it is when a woman expresses that she is not a feminist. The star mainly perceives it as a statement by a female who is uninformed about what it truly means to be a feminist.
“I always think, ‘Oh, that sounds so dumb.’ And I don’t mean that in a hateful way. It just sounds so ill-informed. Do you think women should be paid less? You don’t believe in equality for women? I think people have worked hard to put a negative spin on the word.”
Melissa McCarthy is certainly an inspiration for women everywhere.
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