Mindy Kaling's Elle cover: Just right, or not enough?
January 7th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Mindy Kaling's Elle cover: Just right, or not enough?

If you want to see all of Mindy Kaling, it's going to take more than the new February issue of Elle magazine.

The comedic actress/writer/showrunner posed for a stunning portrait for Elle's Women in TV issue, but some have taken issue with the way Kaling was portrayed in comparison to the other funny ladies featured.

The magazine's Women in TV issue actually has four separate covers: one for Kaling, one for "New Girl's" Zooey Deschanel, one for "Parks and Rec" star and future Globes co-host Amy Poehler, and another for "Girls" star Allison Williams.

Kaling is the only actress whose cover photo highlights just her face, and she's also the only one to be portrayed in black-and-white. Given that Kaling, 34, has repeatedly described herself as average-sized when compared to the typical rail-thin celebrity, some observers thought that perhaps Elle had intentionally left Kaling's curves off the cover.

The magazine told E! Online that they have no regrets about the "sexy, beautiful and chic" photo they chose to use of Kaling, and the actress herself has defended the image on Twitter.

"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," Kaling said. Being the saavy businesswoman that she is, she also seized the opportunity to promote Tuesday night's new episode of her Fox comedy, "The Mindy Project."

"Wishing for more skin on my @ELLEmagazine cover? Chris Messina & I are naked on a brand new #themindyproject tonight, ya pervs!" she tweeted. "(It's actually, coincidentally, true. Thank heavens my writers constantly script nudity. So: super funny, totally nude Chris/Mindy tonight!)"

This isn't the first time that Elle magazine has been criticized for its treatment of fuller-figured stars. When Melissa McCarthy was tapped to join Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley as one of the publication's November cover stars, many questioned the choice to hide McCarthy's shape in an oversized coat while Witherspoon and Woodley showed plenty of skin.

The magazine again stood by its styling decision, and McCarthy later explained that she was the one who had picked the coat to begin with. "I’m the one that grabbed the coat off the rack," she told CNN. "I thought it was a fantastic coat, it was really chic."

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