Melissa McCarthy: Elle Cover Hides 'Bridesmaids' Star Under Coat

Friday, 18 Oct 2013 06:58 AM

By David Ogul

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Fashion magazine Elle is facing a backlash over how it hid plus-sized actress Melissa McCarthy under a caot on the cover of its November Women in Hollywood issue.

Critics are slamming the mag for covering up the 43-year-old curvy star of the hit movies “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” in an oversized black coat.

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“It’s a disappointment the way they covered her up so much,” celebrity psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser told Fox411. “It is sending the psychological message that hiding is what full-figured women should do. Melissa is beautiful, talented and popular — her body should be flaunted not covered.

“This shows that the fashion world is trying to strike the balance between featuring full-figured women, while still hiding them as well.”

Elle published several covers for the annual issue, and alternates feature Reese Witherspoon in a fitted Versace dress, Shailene Woodley wearing a swimsuit, and Penelope Cruz “flaunting her face in a close-up shot,” noted E! Online.

Elle shot back at its critics, releasing a statement saying, “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 honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year.”

The Twitterati had plenty to say.

McCarthy didn’t take issue with the cover. She told Yahoo that she grew up with Elle “and I hadn’t done anything quite like that. I was nervous…It was kind of amazing.”

Earlier this year, outrage ensued after a poster for the U.K. premiere of "The Heat" featured a heavily Photoshopped McCarthy.

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