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2013-10-18 19:00
Melissa McCarthy
Los Angeles - Do magazines treat fuller-bodied celebs differently on their covers than their skinny counterparts?

In Elle's annual Women in Hollywood issue, they feature various celebs on their November cover, but the one drawing most critique according to Gossip Cop is that of funny actress Melissa McCarthy, who is photographed wearing a big coat:

Melissa McCarthy

Most of the criticism came from online magazine Slate, who believe that Melissa was deliberately covered up to hide her figure in a "coat so huge that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath".

"McCarthy’s hair covers a quarter of her gorgeous face, and with her hands stuffed deep into her coat pockets, the only visible flesh is a tiny triangle between the coat’s lapels and the briefest glimpse of calf. 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," says Slate reporter June Thomas.

The criticism also stems from the way the other celebs were featured on their covers - all in tight or little clothing:

Elle covers

Elle responded to the criticism on their website, saying that according to McCarthy's reps the star loved the photo: "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 honour her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year."

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