ELLE Magazine is responding to the controversy that the Melissa McCarthy cover has created.
In an effort to show that women can be beautiful, no matter what size they wear, ELLE decided to feature McCarty and others, but never imagined the scathing comments it would receive for its annual Women in Hollywood issue.
The controversy stems from the fact that McCarthy (The Heat) is wearing too much clothes which cover her curves.
A spokesperson for ELLE Magazine said in a statement:
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.
The cover featuring Melissa McCarthy is one of four ELLE Magazine chose as alternate covers to celebrate the annual event honoring Hollywood stars.
Other featured women are Reese Witherspoon in a fitted black Versace dress, Shailene Woodley wearing a black swimsuit, and Penélope Cruz with little make-up in a close-up shot.
About that Melissa McCarthy cover…http://t.co/FtbvlG6U58
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) October 17, 2013
McCarthy is no stranger to controversy surrounding her physical appearance. Earlier this year, there was widespread speculation that her image had been photoshopped in a promotional poster for her movie The Heat, to make it look slimmer.
In June, film critic Rex Reed didn’t mince words in a review of the star published in The New York Observer, calling her a “hippo,” “tractor-sized”, and “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
McCarthy responded to the insulting comments telling the paper:
“I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot.”
Adding, that in today’s society there is “a strange epidemic of body image and body dysmorphia,” and articles like Reed’s “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.'”
The ELLE Magazine controversy is once again landing at McCarthy’s feet, but from a report on E! News the 43-year-old mother of two, loves the cover regardless of what people say. Give us your thought on the space below.