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Melissa McCarthy talks feminism, body image, comfy, stylish clothing

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Melissa McCarthy, who next will be seen in the movie “The Boss” and is part of the new all-female “Ghostbusters,” is on the cover of Redbook magazine. 
 
2Redbook April Melissa McCarthy 01Here are excerpts courtesy of the publication: 
 
Her thoughts on young women who say, “I am not a feminist”:  “I always think, ‘Oh, that sounds so dumb.’ And I don’t mean that in a hateful way. It just sounds so ill-informed. Do you think women should be paid less? You don’t believe in equality for women? I think people have worked hard to put a negative spin on the word.” 
 
Why we should stop judging each other:  “With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another. Who wore it best? Whose butt’s better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?”
 
On talking to her daughters about body image: “Give me your best punch in the face, and I’ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself. … There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5 percent of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”
 
On the importance of all women feeling comfortable and stylish in their clothes: “A good portion of women in America are size 14 and higher. I just try to make clothing that’ll make all women feel really good. … When I feel good about my clothes, I’m more patient with my kids. I don’t beep at the guy in his car texting in front of me. I look at the world a little differently. The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way.”
 
The issue hits newsstands March 15. For more information:
 
 
Fashion Credits: 
Jacket: Nic + Zoe
Top, jeans and skirt:  Melissa McCarthy Seven7
Necklaces: Tacori
Ring: Martin Katz
Shoes: Steve Madden
 

 

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