One of Elle‘s most controversial covers ever was one of its most covered-up. Melissa McCarthy wore an oversized cashmere coat on one of the magazine’s Women in Hollywood covers this month, and the internet was not pleased, saying that Elle was deliberately covering up the actress’s frame with the grey outerwear.
As it turns out, though, Melissa McCarthy, who is working on a plus-size line, was covering herself up. “What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat,” McCarthy told E! at last night’s Elle Women in Hollywood gala. She says she just wanted the cover to look fall-appropriate. “I had a great black dress on but I thought, it comes out in November. I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, ‘Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!’”
And she doesn’t regret the decision. She loved the coat so much, she regrets not stealing it from the shoot: “They were like, ‘The dress is really great,’ but I was like, ‘Yeah, but look at this.’ I was just shocked I didn’t steal it. Now I think I really should have the coat. I’m petitioning for that coat. Give me that coat. I earned it, damn it!”
It’s in line with Elle‘s defense. Last week they put out the following statement:
On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover. We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year.
While we’re glad McCarthy felt comfortable and happy in the coat and with the cover, we still don’t know if we’re 100% on board with the outfit. In addition to the coat looking a bit awkward and ill-fitting (and cozy, sure), the cover feels like a missed opportunity for someone with a real person’s body to show it off a bit.