Mindy Kaling drama over Elle cover

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Elle magazine cover
The so-called “controversial” cover.

First off… how does a woman’s race and body type evolve into an “up in arms controversy?” as E! put it? Well, it started when the January 6 cover of Elle magazine featured Mindy Kaling for their fourth annual Women in TV Issue. Kaling, who is the creator and star of the Mindy Project, is said to be one of the most successful women on television right now. Her cover presence demands attention like the star she is, as her classy, honest, and dignified her eyes grab your attention from the depths of her soul.

However, there seems to be a bunch of drama about why a “woman of color” should be portrayed differently on the cover. Kaling appears in black and white with her size 8 body cut out of the photo, unlike the other petite and white honorees like Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), and Allison Williams (Girls).

That being said, I still think it sounds like folks are just looking for a reason to get fired up. They’re bouncing around the possibility of image mistreatment without even knowing who directed the photo shoot. In my opinion, giving the subject more of a foothold on the internet is in poor taste. Elle can do their covers any way they want, to highlight the spirit of the moment. That is show business. So what if its different? So what if YOU are different? Standing out is neither cause for argument nor is it some anti-fat, anti-race issue..

Elle, of course, felt the need to respond, and told E! in a statement, “Mindy looks… beautiful and chic. We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV Issue.” Kaling, who is 34, also sees no major issue. Why? She loves it! So, if you’re thinking of picking up the “controversial” Elle issue, just sit back and enjoy being inspired by women who are rocking the entertainment industry with more than brand name glam or their latest boy toy.

Featured image courtesy of Mindy Kaling Facebook. Image of Elle courtesy of Elle.