“That is my greatest insecurity”: Years Before Drastic Transformation, The Office Body-Shamed Mindy Kaling, Demanded She Lose 15 lbs

Years Before Drastic Transformation, The Office Body-Shamed Mindy Kaling, Demanded She Lose 15 lbs
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In the unforgiving spotlight of fame, celebrities have often become easy targets for body shamers, facing unjust criticism about their appearances. However, a growing movement within the entertainment industry is pushing back against this harmful practice, advocating for a more inclusive and compassionate approach to discussing bodies. Including Hollywood actress, comedian, screenwriter, and producer Mindy Kaling.

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Mindy Kaling

While the most prevalent form of body shaming centers around fatphobia, celebrities are not immune to scrutiny when they experience changes in weight, appearing either too skinny or overly muscular. This relentless cycle places them in a situation where they can’t seem to escape judgment, regardless of their appearance. Mindy Kaling, known for her roles both in front of and behind the camera, has shed light on a distressing moment she faced during her time on the popular sitcom The Office.

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Mindy Kaling opened up about the body-shaming experience on The Office

During an appearance on Good Morning America, Mindy Kaling shared an incident in which a co-star jokingly commented on her weight, leaving a lasting impact on her self-image. Kaling revealed that her co-star advised her character, Kelly Kapoor, to lose 15 pounds, a remark that struck a chord due to her own personal insecurities.

She expressed how devastating it was for someone to openly call out her greatest vulnerability. “This is my greatest insecurity and someone just called it out. It’s really devastating.”

Mindy Kaling,
Mindy Kaling

This incident triggered a profound realization for Kaling about the scrutiny and criticism that individuals, especially women, face for not conforming to certain beauty standards. She noted that this dissonance between public opinions and personal feelings often influenced her writing and the type of characters she portrayed on screen.


“I had a reckoning where I’m like, ‘People are scrutinising [me], and not only are they scrutinising [me], they’re verbalising their displeasure with how I look because I don’t look a certain way. That kind of dissonance has really affected so much of what I write about [and] the kind of characters I play. Almost all of those kinds of things [in my work] come from something really real.” 

Kaling, a mother of two, also delved into the representation of body weight on television. She pointed out the narrow expectations set by the industry, where thinness often secured lead roles, and larger body types were relegated to roles of comedic relief.

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Mindy Kaling questioned the prevailing unfairness in the entertainment world

Mindy Kaling challenged the lack of diversity that left out a significant portion of the population, particularly American women above the age of 24. Kaling questioned the absence of representation for those who fall between the extremes and highlighted the evolving landscape that is gradually embracing a broader spectrum of body sizes.

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Mindy Kaling in PGA Awards

“What if you’re like a [size] 12 and you want to just live your life and look cute and date? At that time, when I wrote Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? [in 2011] it was like a no man’s land. That has really changed, I think. “

The accomplished creator’s experiences and observations have significantly shaped her creative output. Kaling’s hit series Never Have I Ever was recently renewed for a third season by Netflix, following the successful release of its second season. The show continues to resonate with audiences, showcasing Kaling’s dedication to exploring relatable themes in an authentic and meaningful way.

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As Kaling continues to excel in her career and contribute to the industry’s transformation, her openness about personal struggles and triumphs serves as a reminder of the importance of embracing diversity and promoting body positivity in all aspects of entertainment.


Source: The Independent


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