Strong is Her Sexy: Melissa McCarthy & Self-Love at Any Size

Strong is Her Sexy highlights the achievements of inspiring women doing inspiring work
and demonstrating their inner strength and beauty.

Melissa McCarthy is best known for playing Molly Flynn-Biggs on Mike & Molly and Megan Price in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids.

Mike & Molly is a CBS sitcom about a Chicago couple who meet each other in a Overeaters Anonymous group, fall in love and eventually marry. McCarthy plays Molly, a funny, sweet and intelligent woman who sometimes lets her quick temper get the best of her. Often the only voice of reason in the room, her interactions with her family, her husband, and her friends lead to funny and interesting situations.

Melissa McCarthy at Spy premiere in Manhattan on 6.1.15. Photo courtesy of Reuters- Carlo Allegri

Melissa McCarthy at Spy premiere in Manhattan on 6.1.15. Photo courtesy of Reuters- Carlo Allegri

Before the success of Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids, McCarthy began her career as a stand-up comedienne and was a member of The Groundlings, a sketch comedy and improvisational troupe based in Los Angeles, California.  She gained her first notable role as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls and played supporting roles in films The Back-up Plan, The Charlie’s Angels and Life As We Know It before her breakout performance in Bridesmaids.

Unlike many typical female characters in films and television, McCarthy’s characters are fierce, assertive and unapologetic about who they are. She is among many current actresses who continue to break stereotypical roles by portraying more realistic women. In her most recent movie, Spy, McCarthy plays a woman thrown into the world of espionage. Instead of the polished, confident spy frequently portrayed in films, her character is a rookie agent flying by the seat of her pants.

In addition to being an actress, producer, writer, and comedienne, McCarthy is now adding fashion designer to the list. Her inspiration for starting Seven7 stemmed from her dissatisfaction while shopping for clothing. The turning point came when designers refused to style McCarthy for the Oscars. The clothing line, expected to debut in August 2015, will contain 80 pieces ranging from sizes 4 to 28.

“People don’t stop at size 12. I feel like there is a big thing missing where you can’t dress your mood above a certain number,” McCarthy said in her interview for the June cover of More magazine. “[Malls] segregate plus-size. It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section: ‘We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you and you probably don’t want to be seen.” She hopes that the line will help give women a sense of variety in the types of clothing they wear and leave them empowered.

In a recent interview on Ellen, McCarthy recounts how she handled a critic’s comments about her role in Tammy.

Whether it’s on screen or off-screen, Melissa McCarthy continues to motivate women to love themselves and be comfortable in their own skin, and that’s why Strong is Her Sexy.

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