Please Don't Ask Mindy Kaling Where Her Confidence Comes From

Mindy Kaling landed the new cover of Parade magazine, and in an interview, she talks about the attention paid to her appearance:

“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’”

And some more thoughts on othering:

“There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I’m talking about why I’m so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art.”

More at the link, plus a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot, which takes places in her house. Awesome mirror.

[Parade]