Thursday, January 9, 2014

ELLE Cover Controversy

If you've been reading the internets over the past few days, you may have noticed that they are abuzz with commentary on the February 2014 Elle cover featuring Mindy Kaling. The magazine has released four covers for the "Women in Television" issue, with the other three featuring Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Allison Williams. Some are arguing that the mag is being both racist and sizeist by featuring a close-up facial shot in black and white of Mindy, while the other three women are treated to nearly full-body, full color covers. (See the remaining three covers below.)

If Elle hadn't been accused of similar gaffes in the past, many people probably wouldn't have thought twice about the difference in covers. There was "Jacket Gate" with the Melissa McCarthy November 2013 cover, and a similar crop issue in 2010 for their 25th anniversary issue. In that issue, Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad, Amanda Seyfried, and Gabourey Sidibe were all featured on separate covers, and while the first three were show in full-length, Gabourey's cover featured only a close-up head shot.

Mindy took to Twitter to defend her cover, with the humor and grace we love her for.

Here are the remaining covers featuring Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Allison Williams respectively. All image credits to Elle.

No matter what Elle's reasoning, we think Mindy looks gorgeous and elegant on her cover. The black and white shot makes hers stand out from the rest. What do you think of the covers and of the mag's decision to feature Mindy so differently?



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