Mindy Kaling Isn’t Dumb Just Because She’s Girly
“I think people still think that I’m like my character [on “The Office”], or that because I like girly things and I have a lilt in my voice that I’m dumb. But I don’t think you can be dumb and write a big chunk of a TV show. … I think of myself as a smart and funny person, but I am very girly, and in the past I’ve been hurt by people who criticise me for liking things they think are beneath me, like shopping or whatever, and the people who give me the hardest time about it are women. I think it may be because there are so few women in comedy and so there’s a feeling that we shouldn’t sell women out, but I don’t see talking about fashion as selling women out.”
— Mindy Kaling on the misperception that a smart girl also can’t like “girly” things like fashion, makeup and boys (!!!). Interestingly, this is a view held by Vogue editrix herself Anna Wintour. [Guardian UK]
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