Of course, Elle didn't keep mum for too long, releasing the following statement in response: "On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover. We are thrilled to honor her as one of our Women in Hollywood this year."
For Melissa's part, she didn't seem to be too bothered by the cover — in fact, she seemed thrilled with it all. "[Elle is] a magazine I grew up with and I hadn’t done anything quite like that," she said in a previous interview. "I was nervous.… It was kind of amazing."
In our opinion, we think that Melissa looks fantastic on the cover (you've got to tell us how to get that blowout, girl!), but the detractors' criticisms are completely valid. One look at the contrast between each actress' outfit says it all, and it's extremely disappointing to see a magazine treating a woman differently simply because of her size. Let us know what you think of McCarthy's cover — and Elle's response — below. (Business Insider)