Elle magazine and its cover model are defending a recent cover after critics accused editors of sending a message that full-figured women should be covered up.
Melissa McCarthy made the magazine's 2013 Women in Hollywood list.
A version of the cover shows McCarthy wearing a large green coat that covers most of her body and a hairstyle that covers much of her face.
Magazine staff members said they treated McCarthy like any other cover model. And they said she picked out the jacket herself.
When asked what she thought about it, McCarthy said the cover was "kind of amazing."