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Mindy Kaling's Elle Magazine Cover Sparks Controversy

Elle Magazine is facing backlash in the wake of its Women in TV issue, with some critics saying the publication intentionally highlighted only Mindy Kaling's face on the cover because she isn't as thin as some of the other honorees. Gracing the other Women in TV covers are Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel and Allison Williams, all of whom are shown in nearly full-body color shots. Kaling's picture, however, is cropped from the chest up and is in black-and-white. Check out all the covers here.

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Elle Magazine is facing backlash in the wake of its Women in TV issue, with some critics saying the publication intentionally highlighted only Mindy Kaling's face on the cover because she isn't as thin as some of the other honorees.

Gracing the other Women in TV covers are Amy PoehlerZooey Deschanel and Allison Williams, all of whom are shown in nearly full-body color shots. Kaling's picture, however, is cropped from the chest up and is in black-and-white. Check out all the covers here.

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The magazine is standing by its choice. "Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic," Ellesaid in a statement, according to E! News. "We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV Issue." 

This isn't the first time Elle has dealt with fallout over a controversial cover. The magazine has previously been criticized for its framing of larger actresses like Melissa McCarthy and Gabourey Sidibe.

Kaling downplayed the issue on Twitter Tuesday, using the attention to promote a new episode of The Mindy Project. "Wishing for more skin on my @ELLEmagazine cover?" she wrote. "Chris Messina & I are naked on a brand new #themindyproject tonight, ya pervs! 930/830 FOX."

What do you think of the Elle covers?