Melissa McCarthy opened up about her weight loss success and she spoke out about body image, denouncing comparisons and pitting women against each other. She also spoke her mind on cyberbullying.
The 45-year-old comedian and actress is in another starring role, as the title character of ‘The Boss,’ which she co-wrote with her husband, who also served as director. The couple have collaborated before, in the movie ‘Tammy.’ As one who is taking charge of her career and her image she’s become a role model for many.
In an in-depth interview with Refinery29, she opened up about the topics that people these days most want to know about. Of course, her weight. A side-by-side comparison of red carpet photos (which you can see below) reveals she has slimmed down over the years. She did, after all, rise to fame with the sitcom ‘Mike & Molly’ in which her weight and that of her costar was endemic to some of the developing story lines.
So naturally the publication asked her about her weight and while she didn’t give out a number of pounds lost, she did say, ” “I have, but I’ll be back again. I’ll be up, I’ll be down, probably for the rest of my life.”
And more importantly, she went on to denounce the entire line of thinking that’s so pervasive, saying, “The thing is, if that is the most interesting thing about me, I need to go have a lavender farm in Minnesota and give this up.”
Continuing, she added, “There has to be something more. There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that. It can’t be the first question every time, or a question at all.”
Melissa McCarthy was also vocal about the comparison game and of pitting women against each other and drew the much needed analogy, saying, “You don’t do that with guys. You don’t see two guys next to each other and somebody going, ‘Who’s got the better knees? Who’s got old knees? Who’s got weird feet?’ I want to get rid of constantly categorizing.”
Absolutely. It’s this kind of outspokenness that’s made her a role model. She echoed previous comments she had made in an interview with Redbook, as she spoke about the this poisonous psychological environment, saying, “There’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 everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”
She also weighed in on the pervasive negativity in social media and in the internet, the trolling, the cyberbullying, that seems to have no end these days. McCarthy said, “It can never be positive. It always has to be negative. It’s like whoever can throw s–t the farthest gets their two minutes.”
Continuing, she went on to say, “You know you could flip that and shine a light on something and write a great story and still get your two minutes. I wish it was as fashionable to raise people up as it seems to be to take them down.”
You can see the full in-depth interview with Refinery29 here and be sure to check out before and after photos revealing Melissa McCarthy’s weight loss success.
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