Mindy Kaling says body confidence questions are ‘insulting’

Mindy Kaling is not one to mince words, especially with those who pay her backhanded compliments. 

The 34-year-old comedienne opened up to Parade about the ups and downs of being the writer, creator and star of her own TV show, explaining that she’s tired of all the attention paid to her “unique” appearance. 

“I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting,” she admitted. “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?’”

Mindy also spoke out about how people focus on the fact that she’s an Indian female in show business, rather than on her work.

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

The actress’s critically-acclaimed comedy The Mindy Project is now in its second season and has attracted a number of high-profile guest appearances (including James Franco and Seth Rogan). 

The show’s continued success may be especially rewarding for Mindy when one considers its bittersweet beginning: The day the show was green-lit by Fox, her mother died of pancreatic cancer. 

"It was like a gift from God or my mom," she said. "I think she was giving me something so I didn't have to get crushed under the weight of my grief."

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