(NEW YORK) — Melissa McCarthy‘s photo shoot for the cover of the November issue of Elle magazine has caused controversy, but the Mike & Molly actress doesn’t quite see what the big deal is.
“[Elle is] a magazine I grew up with and I hadn’t done anything quite like that,” she told omg! Insider. “I was nervous… It was kind of amazing.”
McCarthy, 43, posed for the magazine’s cover, along with Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, both of whom wore skimpy clothing for their shoots. The more full-figured Bridesmaids actress, however, was photographed in a coat, which, her reps have said she picked out.
Critics have slammed the fashion choice, claiming that it sends a negative message.
“Times have changed. Fashion has changed,” former model Cynthia Bailey told ABC’s Good Morning America. ” I just immediately thought, ‘What a missed opportunity to represent all the curvy girls of the world.’”
Elle magazine did not respond to a request for comment.
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