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Elle Responds To Mindy Kaling Cover Controversy

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January 07, 2014 AT 7:18 AM
Mindy Kaling is gracing the cover of Elle Magazine in its fourth annual Women in TV issue. After her cover was released on Monday, however, critics were quick to point out that Kaling received a different treatment than fellow honorees Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler, and Allison Williams. Kaling, creator and star of Fox's The Mindy Project, is the only woman featured in black and white. She is also the sole person whose picture is cropped to focus on her face, as opposed to her entire body. Many wondered if it was the magazine's choice or the Kalings. Elle stands by its cover treatment, saying in a statement, "Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic. We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV Issue." Kaling, 34, has yet to comment on the controversy.