Melissa McCarthy Elle Cover Controversy: Magazine Stands by That Coat

Melissa McCarthy Elle Cover Controversy: Magazine Stands by That Coat

The “Mike and Molloy” actress reportedly loves the bundled up look

Elle Magazine and Melissa McCarthy both insist that they are thrilled with a cover that has the “Bridesmaids” actress bundled up in a cashmere coat, even as critics gripe that the get-up was picked to hide the plus-size star's curves.

McCarthy was one of four actresses actresses featured on the fashion magazine's “Women of Hollywood” issue. Unlike McCarthy, fellow cover gals Penelope CruzShailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon were shown in more revealing attire.

In a “Good Morning America” segment about the furor surrounding the picture, McCarthy's reps insist the star “loves the cover” and even picked out the coat.

For its part, Elle hails its handiwork, claiming McCarthy's smokey eyes and femme fatale coiffure were inspired by film noir movies.

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

Also read: Melissa McCarthy Breaks Silence on Controversial Rex Reed Review

TheWrap has reached out to McCarthy's team for comment, but they have yet to respond.

Some critics were unconvinced that Elle was embracing McCarthy's fulsome figure, commenting that the coat left an awful lot to the imagination.

“Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy's curves,” June Thomas wrote on Slate.

And Go Fug Yourself noted, “Next to these other covers — Shailene Woodley is in underwear; Cotillard, a sports bra — I kind of can't believe they put the plus-size actress on their cover BURIED INSIDE A GIANT COAT.”

Rex Reed, who got into a whole lot of hot water for comparing McCarthy to a “female hippo” and calling her “tractor sized” in a review of “Identity Thief,” has yet to weigh in, but we've reached out to him for comment.

  • SkipB

    If fat really is beautiful, then why hide McCarthy under huge overcoat? Perhaps for the cover of their “Imagination” issue, they can go all the way and shoot her inside a tent?

  • Cindy

    I think she looks lovely in the coat. If she had worn something very revealing people would be griping about that too. I am not really familiar with her work and I am not a plus sized woman but since when did it become okay to judge others and say mean things about them? She has a beautiful face, obviously she is very successful, and seems to be happy. Why do people feel the need to tear someone like this down and try to make them feel bad about themselves? We teach children that it's wrong to bully others yet adults seem to think it's okay for them to do it. If you can't say something nice,then don't say anything at all. Her weight is really no one's business but her own.

    • Jeff Rittenour

      cuz when you put yourself out there and take a PAYCHECK for it – all's fair and GAME ON…plus she's obnoxious and not THAT funny… Take the late great John Candy for example – he weighed 500 lbs when he died and NO ONE ever said a bad word or made fun of him. Why? Cuz even if he was playing an obnoxious jerk you couldn't NOT like him…Celebs are a different, selfish, PHONY breed nowadays so fuck em all…like this unfunny fatty. ;)

  • Jeff Rittenour

    that was a coat? I though she was wearing a pool cover… “smokey eyes and femme fatale coiffure”? LMAO more like “smoked ham and fat femme” ;)

  • peter

    I hate these Hollywood standards. I read it a few days ago, that Jennifer Lawrence is considered chubby in Hollywood! I mean what the hell is your wrong with you people? Do you really enjoy living by these crazy and unrealistic standards? I sure will not, but of course, if you want to starve to look like those lingerie model in TV it is your life.Though I beleive we live only once, so better live happy, than making “trend creator” elitists happy and rich!