Elle Magazine has always been one to feature female models and actresses in flattering and sexy ways, but the high-end fashion mag”s most recent issue, featuring “Identity Thief” all-star actress Melissa McCarthy, has garnered more than a little backlash from viewers and critics.
Big names such as Reese Witherspoon, Penelope Cruz and Shailene Woodley, have all shined as cover models in the past, wrapped in sexy yet stunning dresses and body-baring outfits.
However, Melissa”s cover was not so flattering. Slate Magazine called McCarthy the Elle”s token plus-size cover girl, whose coat is so huge she could hide her “Mike and Molly” co-star Billy Gardel underneath.” The politics and culture magazine also accused Elle”s photographer, saying, Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthys curves, charged Slate.”
Elle responded to the controversy, stating, “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.