It’s no secret that the ladies of ANDPOP have a huge crush on writer/actress/badass boss Mindy Kaling. We’re obsessive The Mindy Project fans, we’ve read her book Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me (and Other Concerns) several times and were even inspired by it to cull together a revenge playlist to help us work out.
So yes, we’re incredibly excited to see that Mindy has finally landed her own Elle Magazine cover because (basing all this on her Instagram account) girl knows style.
But alas, her cover is wrought with controversy.
As part of Elle’s women in television issue, she joins Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Allison Williams (Girls) as the magazine’s February cover girls. They’re all incredibly talented women in their own right but it seems fans are a bit upset over Mindy’s treatment because, well, one of these things don’t look like the others:
Mindy’s cover is notably black and white and fails to show off her banging body, which, according to her character Mindy Lahiri, “fluctuates between chubby and curvy.” Basically, she’s not white or thin and fans have criticized the magazine (and fashion really) for failing to acknowledge that.
On the other hand, we, for one, are just thrilled to see Mindy all the recognition she deserves. She’s an incredibly talented and intelligent woman who has become our role model because we all can’t be our own role model.
So to celebrate Mindy, here’s 15 of the best things Mindy Kaling has ever said or written.
and now for the life-changing stuff…
I never partied or had boyfriends. That was my lifestyle, so that I could achieve this. I was just really, really hard-working. Now, racist-ly, I’m an Asian person. It comes easier to me than it might to you. I was just very focused on the show…I just was very singular-minded. I never went out after. I never got distracted. That’s it.
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You know it's time to put away your phone when you're like: hm, what's the worst thing I could tweet that would end my career irrevocably?
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 5, 2014
Seriously, everyone needs to do this.
Teenage girls, please don’t worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s so wonderfully fair.
I never want to be called the funniest Indian female comedian that exists,” she tells me. “I feel like I can go head-to-head with the best white, male comedy writers that are out there. Why would I want to self-categorize myself into a smaller group than I’m able to compete in?