Actress Melissa McCarthy is said to be unhappy about people making all kinds of assumptions about her new Elle magazine cover — showcasing her wearing a big coat, rather than a sexy dress.
“First of all, wearing that coat was Melissa’s choice — not the magazine’s stylists,” said a good McCarthy source. Asked by E! News on a Hollywood red carpet Tuesday night, the Plainfield native and Oscar nominee said, “No, not at all!” when asked if she expected there would be such a fuss over the Elle cover.
“[The issue] 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,’” McCarthy told E!, perhaps yearning for her true winter days and nights in the Chicago suburbs.
Another close McCarthy insider added, “Melissa has little patience with people making assumptions about other people — based on … nothing! She picked the coat. She loved the coat. She would love to own that coat!”
Commenting on the implications made by bloggers and other online critics, my second McCarthy source added, “This is so stupid. It’s people assuming that because Melissa is a big girl that Elle wanted to cover her up. But listen, Melissa is completely comfortable with who she is and what she looks like — and loved that Elle could make a big girl like her look so glamourous.”
As for the magazine, it released a statement claiming, “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.”
For Elle’s “Women in Hollywood” issue — they actually published four separate covers. Garnering no controversy are the ones of Reese Witherspoon in a fitted black Versace dress, Shailene Woodley in a strappy black swimsuit and a close-up shot of Penelope Cruz’s face.