Melissa McCarthy launched her extended-size clothing line, Seven7, in 2015, with the aim of giving women of all sizes the fashionable outfits they deserve. But since then, McCarthy has been all about sharing the body positivity beyond the seams of an outfit.
According to Today.com, the actress told Redbook magazine that clothing does make a difference in the way women feel about themselves, and the same hold true for her.
“When I feel good about my clothes, I’m more patient with my kids. I don’t beep at the guy in his car texting in front of me. I look at the world a little differently. The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way,” McCarthy said.
But clothing shouldn’t be the only thing that makes women appreciate themselves, she said; women should love themselves for who they are, no matter what.
“With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another,” she offered. “Who wore it best? Whose butt’s better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?”
McCarthy even wants to extend this message to her two daughters, saying she’d rather be in pain for her daughters than have them internalize negative messages about their looks.
“Give me your best punch in the face, and I’ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself,” she said.
Explaining that there appears to be an epidemic in the United States of poor body image, McCarthy explained that this is largely due to basing our image of what we look like on a select portion of the population — and such enculturation starts at a young age.
Despite this, McCarthy argued that what matters most is that we are all happy and healthy.
“My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”