When it comes to controversial celebrities, Mindy Kaling’s list normally doesn’t come to mind.
But “The Office” writer-performer found herself at the center of a media firestorm this week after previews of the forthcoming issue of “Elle” magazine were released.
Spotlighting the buzziest women on television, “Elle” had February covers featuring Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel and “Girls” star Allison Williams, according to Jezebel.
While the three aforementioned ladies posed in 3/4-length shots and in color, Kaling’s cover shows the star in a black-and-white close-up shot that show little of her body.
Though Jezebel notes that the image is “practically oozing with glamour,” they add that “this isn’t the time that ‘Elle’ has depicted women who are larger than your average cover model in ways that obscure their bodies from view.”
That statement is in reference to Melissa McCarthy, who later stated that she chose the coat for the cover that some believed to be a way to hide her curvy figure.
Kaling responded by telling fans who were “wishing for more skin” to check out the latest episode of her FOX comedy, “The Mindy Project.” In a more serious follow-up, she tweeted:
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