When Elle set out to pick its featured stars for its annual Women In Hollywood issue, they were faced with the following conundrum: how can we hide Melissa McCarthy‘s body while showcasing the bodies of Reese Witherspoon, Penélope Cruz, and Shailene Woodley? Luckily, Elle isn’t made up of fools and those brilliant sons of guns figured out that it was simply a matter of putting the latter stars in cute, fitted outfits while throwing McCarthy into a circus tent.
Here’s McCarthy in what turned out to be a coat (that I actually quite like):
All three look beautiful, but in what universe would Elle even consider swapping those outfits, or showcasing McCarthy’s body in the way they showcased Woodley’s and Witherspoon’s? This universe does not exist.
McCarthy is a beautiful woman, but not only did they shoot her from a greater distance than the other actors, but they also almost completely covered her. All of the other models look relatively under-made up and casual, but they styled her hair so that it was giant and covered half of her face. Why didn’t Elle just shoot McCarthy in the same style as the other actors?
It seems like they wanted to a. hide her and b. make up for the fact that she doesn’t have the same body type as the other featured actors by making her extra fashion-y. It’s like they were thinking that if the have to show a larger woman, they could at least temper it with big hair and a big coat. Maybe we’ll be blinded by fashion and not notice that she’s big.
I know it’s complicated for Elle—how do you even dress a woman who looks like that? Oh wait, it’s not complicated at all. Treat her like the other featured women who are noted for their similar achievements, because the difference in their body size is so unimportant that it shouldn’t even be considered.
Way to honor her, Elle. Brave choice.
Photos: Elle, Getty Images