Melissa McCarthy is on the cover April’s Redbook Magazine, breaking hearts and taking names!
Sheâ€™s promoting her film The Boss costarring Kristen Bell, which is out April 6th and her clothing line, which isn’t plus-sized specifically, just offers more range in the larger sizes. But she didn’t just promote her projects- she got REAL about feminism, body image, and her kids. Here are the highlights:
On talking to her daughters about body image
â€œGive me your best punch in the face, and Iâ€™ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herselfâ€¦.Thereâ€™s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5% of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybodyâ€™s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.â€
Her thoughts on young women who say, â€œI am not a feministâ€
â€œI always think, â€˜Oh, that sounds so dumb.â€™ And I donâ€™t mean that in a hateful way. It just sounds so ill-informed. Do you think women should be paid less? You donâ€™t believe in equality for women? I think people have worked hard to put a negative spin on the word.â€
Why we should stop judging each other
â€œWith women, thereâ€™s this constant weird cultural thing where weâ€™re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another. Who wore it best? Whose buttâ€™s better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?â€
On the importance of all women feeling comfortable and stylish in their clothes
â€œA good portion of women in America are size 14 and higher. I just try to make clothing thatâ€™ll make all women feel really goodâ€¦.When I feel good about my clothes, Iâ€™m more patient with my kids. I donâ€™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.â€
Lot of wisdom gong on up in here. I’m excited to see her movie but I also kinda dig her clothing line– she’s got some seriously cute stuff up in there.
What do YOU think of her interview?