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Jacket Gate: Fashion mag is accused of trying to cover up Melissa McCarthy
When plus-size actress Melissa McCarthy appeared on the cover of Elle magazine’s November issue bundled up in an oversized coat, critics accused the fashion monthly of blatant sizeism. The fact that alternate covers of the same “Women in Hollywood” issue featured Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley in more body-conscious outfits only added fuel to the fire. A statement from Elle addressing the accusations read: “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.” McCarthy corroborated the story, telling E! Online; “What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat. I grabbed the coat. I covered up,” she said. “I was like, ‘Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!'”

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