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?
The Chic Spy
(Image credit: Elle magazine)