Just three months after Elle magazine was slammed for photoshopping actress Melissa McCarthy’s magazine cover, the fashion publication is once again being attacked for its coverage of “The Mindy Project” comedic actress Mindy Kaling.
Elle, which made Kaling one of four celebrities to grace its "Women in TV" February covers, is gaining attention for the 34-year-old actress' noticeably different front image. Her print cover, which is fully black-and-white and only reveals the Indian-American TV star from the chest up, is a large departure from fellow celebs, “Girls” actress Allison Williams, “Parks and Rec” star Amy Poehler and “New Girl” lead Zooey Deschanel’s colorful, full-body covers, a difference which has not gone unnoticed by fans of the comedic TV talent.
Following the release of the latest issue, Kaling's supporters have turned to social media to attack the publication’s treatment of her photo. “Making @mindykaling B&W and cropping away her body on her Elle cover is racist and lame she’s #toocuteforthis,” posted Twitter user @ryanlmurphy Tuesday. “What gives @ELLEmagazine?? @mindykaling’s cover is my favorite by far, but can’t help and see the truth in this,” posted fellow Twitter user @SammieRamsay.
While some fans of the former "Office” star shared their distress, others deemed the controversy pointless. “Like I get it’s a ‘controversy’ but Mindy Kaling’s Elle cover is the best one out of the bunch aesthetically anyway,” posted Twitter user @mcarthurjoseph Tuesday. “If @mindykaling doesn’t have a problem with her Elle magazine cover then why should anyone else?” agreed Twitter user @JVillar1107.
Elle has since responded to the scandal by releasing an official statement standing by their work Tuesday. “Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic. We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV issue.” Following suit, Kaling posted a message on Twitter in support of the magazine. “I love my @ELLEmagazine cover. It made me feel glamour & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen days with me.”