The cover featuring the Mike & Molly star has caused a stir from fans who think she is dressed more conservatively than the other women featured, including Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Penelope Cruz. McCarthy was photographed in a seemingly oversized winter coat and with a voluminous hair 'do covering part of her face. In contrast, Witherspoon was pictured in a tight black dress revealing some cleavage and Woodley was outfitted in black underwear, a white tank top with a black motorcycle jacket covering one half of her upper body. Cruz, who was pregnant during the shoot, and had the focus just on her bare face.
"[She] was photographed in a Marina Rinaldi coat so huge that she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath," Slate's culture editor June Thomas wrote in an essay criticizing McCarthy's shoot. "McCarthy's hair covers a quarter of her gorgeous face, and with her hands stuffed deep into her coat pockets, the only visible flesh is a tiny triangle between the coat's lapels and the briefest glimpse of calf."
Elle issued a statement defending how McCarthy was styled. "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," the magazine said in a statement. "We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year."
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