Elle’s Women in TV Issue

It’s Elle’s fourth annual Women in TV issue.


When I first heard Mindy Kaling got a cover on Elle for the first time, I was elated. Then I heard that she was sharing the series with some other badass women. Still amazing. Then I saw the covers and facepalmed. Oh silly, stupid Elle. Was it your intent to look racist and fat-shaming? If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then your magazine is looking like you’re giving us mixed messages about women’s success. After all Kaling has accomplished, not only as a woman but a woman of color, she’s still not deserving of the full-colored space that these other women are allowed to occupy? Mindy is arguably the most normal sized woman of these four, and the only woman of color. She has accomplishments under her size 8 belt including: writer, actor, producer, showrunner, director, author, award-winning human being. She went against all Hollywood norms and literally carved out a space in the media for someone as unique as herself.

Yet the message I’m receiving from Elle is ‘yeah, she’s accomplished, but not a size 0 white female, so let’s go with a cover that makes her seem like the latter.’ The message I’m getting from Elle is ‘she’s done some stuff, but not enough because she doesn’t adhere to what we deem beautiful.’ I’m getting from Elle ‘we’re still a fashion magazine that is preying on the insecurities of women, and we don’t give a shit what you’ve accomplished unless it’s on the outside.’ Well fuck you Elle.

This isn’t the first time they’ve ‘unintentionally’ decided that anyone that doesn’t look like a size 0 model doesn’t deserves the same space. Back in November, I posted about Elle’s Women in Hollywood. That cover included Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Marion Cottilard, and Melissa McCarthy amongst a few others. The first three wore outfits that were body hugging and revealing. McCarthy got an overcoat that made her look glamorous but shapeless.

I couldn’t help but write to Elle that I felt they were irresponsible in how they portrayed Mindy against the other three women. I told them I wouldn’t be giving them another dime (I used to have a subscription) and that I’d dissuade others against their publication. Since the dollar is the only language these corporations understand, I’d urge others to stop buying into their (and generally other fashion magazines) bullshit. If you want to give them a piece of your mind, you too can write to them at: elleletters@elle.com


Mindy Kaling, Elle Magazine Respond to Cover Controversy (The Wrap)

Mindy Kaling’s Elle Cover Looks Different Than the Others (Jezebel)


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