Are Magazines Downplaying the Figures of Plus-Size Stars?

Elle magazine has come under fire for allegedly downplaying the plus-size figure of actress Melissa McCarthy on its latest cover. Critics are saying Elle purposely tried to hide the Bridesmaids star by putting her in an oversize coat that covered most of her body. (Or, in the words of Slate writer June Thomas, a coat “so huge that [McCarthy] could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath.”)

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