Was it an editorial choice or one made by the actress herself?
Melissa McCarthy is covering this month’s issue of Elle magazine, following a year of career successes. The other five women included in the annual Women in Hollywood issue are Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Harris, Shailene Woodley and Marion Cotillard. The problem with this lineup is that, while all of the other women were photographed in form-fitting, rather revealing dresses, crop tops, bodysuits and the like, McCarthy’s cover shows her wearing a bulky trench coat in what is a very “editorial” look, but at the same time, makes it seem like the comedienne is getting a different treatment to her peers because of her size. There are, of course, other problems with the issue as well, such as the fact that only one actress out of the lineup is a woman of colour.
The trenchcoat does seem to fit in with McCarthy's usual style.
Despite some commenters interpreting it this way, according to McCarthy’s reps, the actress picked out the outfit herself – surely there could be no objection to that. For her part, the actress isn’t offended by the stylistic choice and, in fact, feels delighted to have taken part in the shoot."
(Elle is) a magazine I grew up with and I hadn't done anything quite like that. I was nervous," she commented for omg! Insider. "It was kind of amazing."
Naomie Harris was also among the lineup.
Critics, however, didn’t miss the opportunity to comment on McCarthy’s look. “Times have changed. Fashion has changed,” former model Cynthia Bailey told Good Morning America. ” I just immediately thought, ‘What a missed opportunity to represent all the curvy girls of the world.’”
McCarthy's dress sense sparked mild controversy.