Mindy Kaling Elle Cover Stirs Controversy: Why Is She Cropped? Black and White?

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Mindy Kaling is featured this month on the cover of her first-ever national fashion magazine.

Cause for celebration, right? Yes, but also for controversy.

Kaling is one of four actress featured for the publication's Women in TV issue, along with Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Allison Williams (Girls)...

... but she's the only one of those four to be photographed up close and also in black and white.

Mindy Kaling Elle Cover

This could be no big deal. Like the Melissa McCarthy Elle cover that generated chatter, it's possible Kalig was in on the picture selection and some are making a big fuss over nothing.

But Julia Sonenshein of The Gloss doesn't see it that way.

"For all we know, Kaling directed the whole shoot. Does it matter? The message is still the same: we treat a certain type of woman differently than the other celebrities in her cohort," Sonenshein writes. "Kaling is different based on an arbitrary set of rules, so we'll treat her as such."

Elle, meanwhile, is standing by its depiction of Kaling.

"Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic," the magazine says in a statement. "We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV Issue."

No word yet from Kaling, but here's a look at the other three women/covers. What do you think? Is this a worthy scandal or much complaining over nothing?

  • Amy Poehler Elle Cover
  • Allison Williams Elle Cover
  • Zooey Deschanel Elle Cover

UPDATE: Mindy has now Tweeted a response: "I love my @ELLEmagazine cover. It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me.”

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She's "cropped" because she's a fatty. Simple.

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Mindy, you look great! Love your show. Would love to see more diversity in your dating pool, though, lol. For the imbecile referencing Rupert Murdoch, you are - plain and simple - an imbecile. What does Rupert Murdoch have to do with anything here? For those of you making racist comments about Mindy, well, you're simply just unfortunate beings. Period!

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this show is a bomb but they continue to push it on the public!
if this was some white girl it would've been cancelled after one show!

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U CAUGHT US !!! IT'S OUR WHITE DIABOLICAL TECHNIQUE OF BACK-CHANNELING : ' HEY !! LOOK AT THIS SMELLY , REPULSIVE WETBACK !1 '

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Surprised to see Mindy Kaling on an Elle cover as most people do not even know who she is. I never watch the Mindy Project so I didn't even know till I looked it up. When I saw the show advertised, I just figured it was another one of Ruperts crazy stalking con-artist election fraud doctors, who pretend to be a doctor but isnt. Or pretends to be peoples doctors who have never been to their weird ass, for Ruperts fraudently shows. It is like entitlement, like the Sun illegally tapping the Princess, and thinking he has a God given right. Boring show, Mindy. Maybe Rupert can use her mother as his psychiatrist because he needs one.

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@ James+Murdok+Johnsonz+Sun

who the f-u-c-k is Rupert. Oh, wait, no one knows. Obviously you're the one whose life revolves around someone nobody has ever heard of. #Weirdo

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omg people want to cry racist about every little thing any more grow tfu!

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Learn to spell you inbreed @ Joy

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THAT'S A SCARY-LOOKIN' ILLEGAL ALIEN OF A LETTACE PICKER , RIGHT ?? RIGHT .

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@ (((@)))++JOY

You are dumber than a box of rocks

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