MINDY KALING ELLE Photo Sparks Controversy!


Yesterday we gave you a fresh look at ELLE’s February covers- all four of them, which featured Amy Poehler, Allison Williams, Zooey Deschanel and Mindy Kahling.  After her cover was released on Monday, Jan. 6, however, critics were quick to point out that Kaling received a different treatment than fellow honorees- she is the only woman featured in black and white, and her picture is  cropped to focus on her face, as opposed to her entire body, like the other cover women. Styleite‘s Lauren Valenti weighs in:

“Kaling has said publicly that she’s a size 8, and while that’s an average size for normal women, it’s not exactly the Hollywood status quo. It would have been a powerful move for Elle to show a full-length shot, especially considering that they’ve landed in turmoil for failing to do just that with Gabourey Sidibe [one of the magazine’s October 2010 cover girls].”

Elle stands by its cover treatment, in a statement on E! News.

“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.”

Kaling, 34, has yet to comment. What do you think of ELLE’s cover choices?




  1. Dominique says

    SHE LOOKS THE BEST. Her cover is the only one I would purchase, I love the black and white photo but there is no doubt as to what they did by cropping her pic. But she really looks ten times better than the rest.