Mindy Kaling's 'Gross Body' Brings Her 'A Lot of Happiness'

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In an interview with the Guardian, Mindy Kaling spoke about topics ranging from body positivity to minority representation in Hollywood, to her relationship with B.J. Novak. Kaling called her relationship with Novak “intoxicating,” adding “he has always given me is the utter and total belief that I am one of the greats.”

On the oft-discussed topic of her body and dress size, Kaling says she tries to take comments in stride:

“Insults about the way I look can’t be the thing that harms me and my heart the most. It has to harm me the least. If I have a daughter, I’m going to tell her that. Far too many women are much more hurt by being called fat or ugly than they are by being called not smart, or not a leader. If someone told me that I was stupid or that I wasn’t a leader, or that I wasn’t witty or quick or perceptive, I’d be devastated. If someone told me that I had a gross body, I’d say, ‘Well, it’s bringing me a lot of happiness.’ Like, I’m having a fine time of it. Having my priorities aligned like that has helped me have a happier life, I think.”

It’s a typical interview with Kaling that covers all of the “Mindy Kaling required interview questions,” yet those questions—and Kaling’s responses—remain a fascinating reflection on the current state of celebrity; particularly the expectations of women of color. [The Guardian]

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