The amount of love I have for this woman is treading dangerously close to obsession. Let’s just get that out there right off the bat.
It wasn’t until this year that I began to struggle with my weight, and that has a lot to do with the fact that I was living with my boyfriend – pizza and ramen were staples in our diet. When I say struggle, I mean that for the first time in my life, I couldn’t down an entire pizza and cheesy bread without bloating. The struggle was real. My metabolism had finally leveled out with my age and now I was paying for all those late night TacoBell runs.
But here’s the thing – at least I don’t have to subject myself to the aggressive commentary of the public (just my mother’s judgmental eyes when I go for that second baked potato). For those of you who are familiar with Mindy Kaling, you know that she is outrageously funny. After Elle used a cropped image of her for their cover rather than the full body shot it used for other cover-girls, Kaling became a pioneer for those women who didn’t fit the super-skinny stereotype.
Kaling never expected to become a role model or ground-breaking woman in Hollywood. Watch this segment of her interview with Jimmy Kimmel and see how she feels about the new coverage:
So basically, good ol’ Mindy is one kick-ass woman. She made some really incredible points in her interview with Jimmy, and I think she is spot on. She is a NORMAL woman. She cares about how she looks. She enjoys experimenting with fashion trends. She looks for relationships. She has a sense of self-confidence, but she is still prone to insecurities. Just because she is not shamed into a corner for not looking like the vast majority of her colleagues does not by any means imply that she is immune to the commentary – backhanded or not. Kaling is simply allowing herself to be herself with no intention of becoming a hero to anyone – though if she becomes one along the way, she certainly wont complain.