Melissa McCarthy 'Elle' Cover Controversy

By: CNN
By: CNN

Scene-stealing humor has turned Melissa McCarthy into a box office sensation.

That star power is landing her in exclusive company, one of six women honored with their own cover for Elle Magazine's Women in Hollywood issue. All over social media McCarthy's fans are celebrating this glamorous cover photo. Many are also saying McCarthy is too covered.

"Hopefully it's not a message that full-figured women aren't meant to be seen. I'm not going to take it like that, but I'm just happy that Melissa's on the cover and she looks fantastic. I just would have liked to have seen a little more of her,” said Emme, founder of “Emmenation.”

You do see more of the other women featured on alternate covers of Elle's November issue.

Emme, who's a plus-sized supermodel and activist for women's causes, says McCarthy is a role model.

"We love the whole package of who she is and what she brings to us as entertainment. And to cover her up is just really a missed opportunity for celebration,” said Emme.

Elle magazine's response to the criticism?

"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."

McCarthy told O-M-G Insider she was thrilled to be featured.

"It was really, really fun; it was kind of amazing," said McCarthy.

McCarthy has yet to comment on the coat controversy specifically. Last summer when movie posters for "The Heat" got heat for making McCarthy's face and head appear smaller, she laughed it off.

"Everybody was like "this is an outrage." and I'm like, am I the only one who thinks it's the funniest thing?...it was clearly, clearly a goof-up," said McCarthy.

To McCarthy clearly it's her body of work that matters most.


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