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Melissa McCarthy Covers Elle In Controversy

Melissa McCarthy Covers Elle In Controversy

October 20131641Views

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GLOBAL — There's been much chatter online since the November issue of Elle magazine's "The Women In Hollywood" issue was released featuring Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Identity Thief), the curvaceous comedic actress with a king size humor. Online reports from Yahoo! Shine and @TMZLive have picked up on some not-so-happy readers who've chastised the glossy for what they believe to be a not-so-chic cover. Social media mavens have chimed in with comments ranging from "Melissa's cover shot is just lazy, it shows that stylists don't want to work with a plus size body or designers" to "I think she looks fabulous! Don't get the controversy. Its a fashion mag. She looks beautiful and fashionable."

I believe the problem most people are having with this photo is the fact that many celeb-covered fashion mags feature barely dressed starlets or ones practically painted into designer garb. The issue here is that the photo is not well-styled. A coat-clad actress is a great cover option, but why not put her in a tailored trench or leather topcoat? Or if oversized and slouchy is the intended goal, why not something in a vibrant or rich hue like the jewel-tone colors of fall such as ruby red or violet purple. This cover looks like a do-it-yourself after photo rather than the typical magazine glamour shot. It's not consistent with the magazine's monthly aesthetic, so why change now?

Chicly Yours,
The Chic Spy

(Image credit: Elle magazine)

The Chic Spy

The Chic Spy

Hello Agents of Chic, I'm your source for chic style and entertainment intel on fashion, film, and pop culture. From fashion trends and beauty products to movie reviews and celebrity interviews, I'm on a mission to uncover the chicest. A few faves on my radar include whimsical clutches, embellished flats, and gourmet macarons.

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