Melissa McCarthy’s “Elle” Cover Stirs Up Controversy for No Good Reason
Elle Magazine has recently come under fire for their “Women of Hollywood” cover featuring Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy is featured wearing a beautiful green coat that covers most of her body and according to critics her “unruly” hairstyle covers most of her face. Some say that Elle has disgraced McCarthy because she is a plus-sized woman and that they covered her up because of her size. Critics have also been eager to point out the fact that other November cover celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Penélope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley are shown in more revealing clothing which is apparently why McCarthy’s cover up seems so offensive. I say McCarthy looks absolutely beautiful on the cover and I applaud her and Elle for their modest approach.
Where does it say that everybody in Hollywood should show off their bodies in revealing clothes or that because someone dresses modestly it’s a cover up? Why is it that modesty is frowned upon? While McCarthy has not yet commented on this controversy, I can’t help but think that she had some input on the photo shoot, what she wanted to wear and how much of herself she wanted to reveal. My guess is that if she would have donned a tight fitting more revealing outfit she would have been criticized for showing too much skin since she is a “big” girl. I wonder if there is ever a “win” in a situation like this when the model is not a size 2. Let’s face it, someone always has to criticize.
And here’s a thought; instead of focusing on the fact that Melissa McCarthy is plus-sized let’s focus on the fact that she is an incredibly talented actress. Her show, “Mike and Molly” is one of the better comedies on television. McCarthy’s movie roles are nothing to ignore either. I believe that she has proven that size does not matter. She embraces her full figured self and tackles whatever role she is given with great success. Melissa McCarthy is a talented young woman who happens to wear bigger clothes than Reese Whiterspoon, Penelope Cruz or Shailene Woodley.
Modesty seems to have become a thing of the past; and not just in Hollywood. Take a look around and see just how many under dressed (mostly women) people you see. The trend that less is best has taken over and in some cases there is little left for the imagination. Little girls fashion has begun to take on a more sexy approach and when it comes to teenagers, forget it. School dress codes have become more like a book than a few rules of what can and cannot be worn. There are very few boundaries when it comes to fashion nowadays. So when a high profile actor like Melissa McCarthy shows up on the cover of Elle Magazine modestly dressed nobody likes it. There is no real controversy so someone decided to create some. It is just not the “norm” these days to look beautiful and be completely dressed at the same time. I for one believe that real beauty is not a result of how much skin you show it’s how much you choose not to show. Anybody can flaunt their body for attention and appear beautiful, however, true beauty like Melissa McCarthy can shine through even when it’s wrapped up in an oversized green coat and tousled hair. Sex doesn’t always sell.