cultural moment today, a controversy erupting about MEDIAN melissa McCarthy on the cover of elle magazine. What about her picture is creating the big stir? Abc's linsey davis has the answer and the... See More
cultural moment today, a controversy erupting about MEDIAN melissa McCarthy on the cover of elle magazine. What about her picture is creating the big stir? Abc's linsey davis has the answer and the debate. Reporter: A trench coat on a magazine cover as likely never been so entrefrned in controversy. Elle magazine is getting slammed, many saying actress melissa McCarthy is too covered up on the cover of its annual women in hollywood issue. Sarah maria is a body image expert. The real message is if you are large, keep yourself covered up. Reporter: Some accuse elle of draping her in the largest coat possible. Others call the cover depressing and nothing to celebrate. Another tweet, god forbid a big woman be sexy. On or covers reese witherspoon is in this shrinky black dress. On the view today co-host jenny McCARTHY DEFENDED MELISSA McCARTHY WHO HAPPENS TO BE HER Cousin. The thing that drives me nuts is people are saying how dare you. McCARTHY GIRLS, NO ONE IS GOING To make us wear anything we don't want to wear. Reporter: Elle tells abc news melissa loved this look. When she appeared on this cover of good housekeeping, her body was obscured by a president. On the covers of ladies home journal, her body is nowhere to be seen. AS FOR THIS COVER, McCARTHY Reportedly loves it. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.
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