Melissa McCarthy’s Coat

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It’s been all over the news. The front cover of Elle magazine featuring the lovely, belly sore funny Melissa McCarthy.  For some reason the cover made news. Apparently, people are up in arms because Melissa isn’t showing any skin. Oh my!  Yep, people were actually upset that some of the previous celebrities on the front of the fashion mag were scantily dressed, so why not Melissa?

First of all, I can’t believe this is even an issue. But it gave me something to write about.  Second, we all want to wear things that flatter us, no matter what size we are. Further, we all have our own unique tastes in what we like and what we don’t.  Melissa is a rubenesque woman. She’s not an idiot.  Why would she want to wear something that doesn’t flatter her? And don’t get me wrong, there are  plenty of curvy women out there that do fashion justice. But for Melissa, she felt sexy, hot and beautiful wearing the coat. According to  McCarthy, ” “What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat. I grabbed the coat. I covered up. I had a great black dress on but I thought, it comes out in November. I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, ‘Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!’”

People tell me all the time that I don’t dress to flatter my figure. I’m small, 5’2 and as for size, based on manufacturers it’s ever changing. But the point being apparently some friends think I should wear more form fitting clothes. To be honest,  I’m not comfortable wearing clothes like that. One of my friends once said to me, “With those little legs, I’d be wearing skirts all the time!”  Yeah, well I hate skirts, dresses and anything where I have to worry about crossing my legs or shaving them.  I’m a big believer that no matter the figure, you have to wear what makes you feel good.

I won’t say that there aren’t times when I do sport a dress, or little skirt but when that happens, it’s for something extremely special. But I do take a “selfie” and send it to my friends showing that every once in a while I do take a risk. 🙂

Feeling awkward in a dress.
Feeling awkward in a dress.

Some of the criticism surrounding the cover is that her body was covered because if they showed it, the magazine wouldn’t sell. Now I don’t know about you,  but personally that’s a really crappy thing to say and if you’re the one saying it perhaps you’re the one that wouldn’t buy the magazine. Just sayin’  That thought wouldn’t even cross my mind.

Personally, I’m not a big  magazine buyer unless it’s got food on the front of it. Beauty magazines make me depressed and scared. The people wearing the clothes have been cropped, air brushed and God knows what else to make them look flawless. And some of the fashions I would be more likely to wear to a costume party than out on the street.  So, I simply avoid those magazines and get my fashion advice from Pinterest. (Yes, I’m addicted.)

At the end of the day, I’d probably be more likely to buy this issue of Elle Magazine because the woman on the cover doesn’t intimidate me. She looks like she’s having fun, wears that coat amazingly well and is relatable. Come to think of it, if more magazines were like that I might actually have to put Pinterest on the back burner.

What do you think? Was she covered for comfort or covered for sales?

8 responses to “Melissa McCarthy’s Coat”

  1. I saw the cover and thought she looked beautiful. Then I saw all the commentary and wondered how it went off the rails. If Melissa had wanted to be scantily dressed, she would have been. In the end, the model can say yes or no. In any case, I still plan to buy tickets to her movies. And I never buy fashion/ celebrity magazines. That’s not where I put my time.

  2. She looks gorgeous! Melissa is a natural beauty but it’s wonderful to see her in a glamor shot. I agree with Nicki, I’d be more likely to buy this magazine with Melissa on it than some stick figure model! Kudos to Melissa!

    • Lynn, I agree. Dimples to die for. Nancy, seems funny that’s it’s caused such a buzz! Laurie, I agree. More is sometimes better AND classier.

  3. I thought she looked fabulous- I am generally not looking for skin on the covers. Guess I have different standards.

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