Still not sure how to feel about Elle‘s most recent series of covers, which features three full-color, full-body shots of thin white actresses Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Allison William — and one black-and-white close-up of Indian-American multi-hyphenate Mindy Kaling?
Well, know this: If you’re upset, Kaling doesn’t exactly want to hear your objections. “There was a weird reaction, which was, ‘Does Elle magazine think Mindy’s not skinny enough to show her whole body?'” the Mindy Project star tells David Letterman in an interview scheduled to air Friday night.
“The sort of implication, what they kept saying, was, ‘What, Elle, you can’t put her big, fat body on the magazine? Why, ’cause she’s just fat and gruesome? Why shouldn’t we look at her beautiful, fat body?’ And I was like, ‘Oookay, people who are trying to defend me.’ I just feel like they’re kind of insulting me,” she says, laughing.
For the record — and as she’s already said on Twitter — Kaling still loves the cover. “It looks like I died at my most beautiful,” she tells Letterman, pointing out that she’s also not wearing a top under her blazer in the photo.
Letterman’s response? “Well, then just tell your buddies out there that you’re also not wearing a bottom.” Oh, so that’s why Elle declined to publish a wide shot. Case closed!