Hollywood's comedic sweetheart, Melissa McCarthy, graces the November issue of ELLE looking absolutely glam as part of their Women in Hollywood cover series, but what is wrong with this cover?
Instead of showcasing her voluptuous full figure, McCarthy is completely covered by a gray wool winter coat by Marina Rinaldi.
When McCarthy debuted the cover to fans, critics were in an uproar about how the plus-size actress was completely covered up while prior November cover girls, such as Penelope Cruz and Reese Witherspoon, were all styled in form fitting, body-conscious outfits that showed some skin. Yet, McCarthy was dressed in a coat "so huge," wrote Slate, "that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath."
ELLE defends their decision stating,
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."
It's no surprise the voluptuous and curvy are often the subject of prejudice in the fashion industry.
Vogue and Vogue UK were accused of covering up singer Adele on their 2009 and 2011 covers focusing solely on her face oppose to her entire frame. ELLE in 2010 was faced with a similar accusation regarding Gabourey Sidibe, Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried and Lauren Conrad. The latter three were photographed from their knees up, showing their entire outfits, while Sidibe's cover was cropped to her chest. ELLE denied any ill intent back then claiming it's purely artistic.
What do you think? Is the fashion industry still throwing shade to the plus size women of the world or are people thinking too much into it?