Melissa McCarthy covers ‘Redbook,’ Talks Body Image, Feminism

March 9, 2016
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Melissa McCarthy graces the cover of Redbook magazine and opens up about body image, maintaining a positive self-esteem and self-worth and more. She also talks about feminism and how she defines it.

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The 45-year-old Melissa McCarthy continues to be a trailblazer, and not just for her successful career in Hollywood, although that’s no small feat to make the transition from television fame as co-star of the sitcom ‘Mike & Molly’ to become one of the film industry’s most bankable A-list stars, with such movies as ‘The Heat,’ alongside Sandra Bullock, as well as the highly anticipated all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot.

And all while defying Hollywood’s standards of beauty, and the so-called norms for an acceptable female body. That’s no small feat either. But she’s found success not just in leading the way, but, off camera, with her new plus-size clothing line, Seven7, and thus living out her early ambitions as a fashion designer.

She told Redbook, “A good portion of women in America are size 14 and higher. I just try to make clothing that’ll make all women feel really good.”

She went on to say, “When I feel good about my clothes, I’m more patient with my kids. I don’t beep at the guy in his car texting in front of me. I look at the world a little differently. The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way,”

She also opened up about the importance of instilling a positive body image for her daughters, and told the magazine, “Give me your best punch in the face, and I’ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself….There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5% of the human race looks like.”

Continuing, she added, “It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”

Yes, so true. We have seen Melissa McCarthy herself go through this, quite publicly. The cover image in ‘Redbook’ is also a testament to how far she’s come in just a very few years. It’s a far cry from the controversial Women in Hollywood ELLE magazine cover in which she was all wrapped up in a long, dark coat, quite a contrast to the other actresses, including Shailene Woodley and Penélope Cruz, who were attired in much, much less clothing, to reveal their figures.

Melissa McCarthy also was outspoken about young women who say they aren’t “feminist.” She told the publication, “I always think, ‘Oh, that sounds so dumb.’ And I don’t mean that in a hateful way. It just sounds so ill-informed.”

Elaborating, she said, “Do you think women should be paid less? You don’t believe in equality for women? I think people have worked hard to put a negative spin on the word.”

Yes, so true. Even as we have the ongoing debate on the gender pay gap in Hollywood and elsewhere, and other such real-world matters of sexism, we also see the stigmatization of the word,” as she points out.

And yes, there’s much more to the interview, and you can see it here and see Melissa McCarthy’s Redbook cover and inside photo below!




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