Melissa McCarthy does not have time for the fashion industry’s “normal” sizes. Actually, to be more accurate, she thinks they’re all BS. In a recent interview with Refinery29, the actress said, “I know I am not the ‘norm…’ I don’t know any perfect women. What people pass off as ‘normal,’ I just have to keep in my head that it’s bullshit. It’s all fictitious, made-up stuff.”
McCarthy has always been an advocate for self-love and accepting her body for the way it is. She goes beyond simply talking about it, though. She created Melissa McCarthy Seven7 to cater to women just like her, who don’t fit into the “normal” sizes. But what she doesn’t often do is call out other celebrities for the way they’re portrayed on magazine covers. She’s changing that now.
“I know some of those women in those magazines who get called perfect or whose butt is supposedly better, and often they don’t even look like that in person,” she said.
She didn’t call anyone out specifically, but it could be read as a subtle plea to other women to stop pretending they look exactly like their magazine covers in real life.
It’s an interesting point because we don’t ever hear these perfect celebrities talk honestly about how photoshopped they are or how different they look in person. Honestly, this is a message we might need even more. It’s one thing for the woman who isn’t perfect to say she’s fine with it. But it’s an entirely different, and maybe more powerful, message if the perfect woman denies that she looks perfect every day or that she has no imperfections.
Don’t get me wrong, McCarthy’s message is important and she should continue to mention it any time she can. But if other celebrities felt inspired to fight against the norms in the fashion industry, it would make an even greater impact. Every body type would be encouraged to accept the way they look. And everyone would understand that their body might not be normal, but it’s perfect. And maybe then sizes and standards would actually become BS and fictitious.