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Elle Mindy Kaling Cover Accused of Hiding Actress' Body, Ethnicity

By Morgan Chilson   |   Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 04:06 PM

While some are thrilled to see Mindy Kaling on a new Elle Magazine cover, others are calling out the mag because the image differs dramatically from the other covers of female TV stars.

Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Allison Williams were all cover girls with full-length shots, in color, but Kaling’s cover premiered with a close-up, black-and-white photo of “The Mindy Project” star.

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Kaling tweeted her thoughts on the controversy:

But her acceptance of the close-up cover, which some say was done to hide her curvy body and ethnicity, didn’t stop fans online from taking on Elle.

Kaling has spoken out before about being a size 8, which is considered big in the Hollywood world. Glamour quoted from Kaling’s book about her weight, “Since I am not model-skinny, but also not super-fat and fabulously owning my hugeness, I fall into that nebulous, ‘Normal American Woman Size’ that legions of fashion stylists detest. For the record, I’m a size 8 (this week, anyway). Many stylists hate that size because, I think, to them, I lack the self-discipline to be an aesthetic, or the sassy, confidence to be a total fatty hedonist. They’re like ‘Pick a lane.’”

Kaling’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),” was published in 2011.

Elle issued a statement to E! News defending the Kaling cover: “Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic. We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV Issue.”

The magazine came under fire in October for featuring Melissa McCarthy in an oversized coat on the cover, but McCarthy said she picked the coat and loved the look.

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