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

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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.


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Just once...JUST ONCE...I'd love to hear a reporter ask a male politician/musician/actor/director/doctor/judge/whatever ask the following questions:

How do you balance work, family, and marriage? It must be a struggle with all your success.

How do you manage to keep the pounds off? Do you have any exercise tips?

Do you ever feel like you're doing a disservice to your family by working so much?

Do you ever wonder if you'll find Princess Charming?

What designer are you wearing right now?