Mindy Kaling talks 'backhanded compliments,' being compared to a 'sea monster'
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Fans of Mindy Kaling can always expect her to tell it like it is, but in a March 31 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the "Mindy Project" star, 34, revealed that sometimes her fans don't always have the best reactions to her "inspirational" comments.
"I am the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments," Kaling told Kimmel. "They'll say, 'It's so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn't feel she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty.' And I'm like, 'I do subscribe!' They're like, 'It's so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster.'"
After her interview in Vogue, in which she said, "I never need to be skinny. I don't want to be skinny. I'm constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don't beat myself up over it," Kaling is frustrated that she gives off the illusion of being a coach potato.
"The way they talk about it, it's like she's a pioneer because she's glued to her sofa," the former "Office" star continued, speaking about herself in the third person. "By the way, I run and work out, it takes a lot of effort to be a normal slash chubby woman."
The self-proclaimed "fluctuating size 10" said she struggles with encouraging women to embrace their bodies versus encouraging women to be unhealthy.
"You don't want to be the face of stay-puffed marshmallows," she quipped. "It's hard when you're a narcissistic, vain person, but you also want to be a role model."
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