Melissa McCarthy Calls Controversial Elle Cover 'Kind of Amazing'

Melissa McCarthy's photo shoot for the cover of the November issue of Elle magazine has caused controversy, but the "Mike & Molly" actress doesn't quite see what the big deal is.

"[ Elle is] a magazine I grew up with and I hadn't done anything quite like that," she told omg! Insider. "I was nervous… It was kind of amazing."

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McCarthy, 43, posed for the magazine's cover, along with Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, both of whom wore skimpy clothing for their shoots. The more full-figured "Bridesmaids" actress, however, was photographed in a coat, which, her reps have said she picked out.

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Critics have slammed the fashion choice, claiming that it sends a negative message.

"Times have changed. Fashion has changed," former model Cynthia Bailey told "Good Morning America." " I just immediately thought, 'What a missed opportunity to represent all the curvy girls of the world.'"

Elle magazine did not respond to a request for comment.

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