Melissa McCarthy shares her rules with Redbook for the April issue including: loving how you look, letting yourself off the hook, and re-creating life your life your way. She also opens up about her fears for her kids, her desire to make a real difference for women, and why it’s our imperfections that make us absolutely perfect. Not only is Melissa McCarthy kicking down barriers – she’s becoming an inspiration!
Her thoughts on young women who say, “I am not a feminist”:
I always think, ‘Oh, that sounds so dumb.’ And I don’t mean that in a hateful way. It just sounds so ill-informed. Do you think women should be paid less? You don’t believe in equality for women? I think people have worked hard to put a negative spin on the word.
Why we should stop judging each other:
With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another. 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?
On talking to her daughters about body image:
Give me your best punch in the face, and I’ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself….There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5% of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.
On the importance of all women feeling comfortable and stylish in their clothes:
A good portion of women in America are size 14 and higher. I just try to make clothing that’ll make all women feel really good…. 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.