Melissa McCarthy Shares Powerful Message About Body Image -- See What She Said

by Alex Ungerman 2:57 PM PDT, April 07, 2016
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Melissa McCarthy is fighting for the de-categorization of the female body.

The Boss star posted a powerful message about body image to her Instagram on Thursday, which depicts a warning sign that reads: "Reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideas of 'beauty.'"

"We have to stop categorizing and judging women based on their bodies," the 45-year-old actress captioned the pic. "We are teaching young girls to strive for unattainable perfection instead of feeling healthy and happy in their own skin."

She also added this Gloria Steinem quote: "Imagine we are linked not ranked."

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McCarthy has long talked about the importance of being comfortable in your own skin. Last year, she opened up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about a reporter whom she says told her, "I'm only a good actress when I look attractive."

The powerhouse funnywoman revealed that she completely shut him down by asking whether he'd say that to his own daughter.

"He took that in his heart and he was like, 'No, I would never want that to happen. I would never in a million years want that to happen,'" McCarthy recalled of the man's reaction. "I said, 'Just know that every time you write stuff, every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away.'"

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Meanwhile, other women in the entertainment industry have highlighted their own grievances with regard to body double standards.

Watch the video below to see how Amy Schumer responded to being included in Glamour's "Plus Size" issue.