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Mindy Kaling: I'm Not Courageous Just Because I Wore a Crop Top!

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Mindy Kaling isn’t afraid to make a statement on the red carpet, but the actress revealed she was a bit surprised by all the body buzz her recent red carpet crop top generated.

“Unless you have problems, for most women that’s a nice little area right under your bra,” she told Jimmy Kimmel Monday of showing a slice of stomach skin in matching Topshop separates, worn to the 2014 PaleyFest. “Some people were pretty mean about it, but then some people were like, ‘She’s just so courageous!’ Aren’t surgeons courageous?”

The Mindy Project star also revealed that because of her curvier shape, she falls into this category where the public — and her followers on Twitter — seem to either fervently praise or harshly critique her style decisions.

“I also am the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments about it, where people are like, ‘It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t feel she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do,” she shares. “And I’m like, ‘I do subscribe!’ They’re like, ‘It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster.’ By the way, I run and work out. It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal, chubby woman. The way they talk about it, [it’s] like, ‘She’s a pioneer because she’s glued to her sofa.'”

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Regardless of how she’s perceived by the outside world, the comedian is proud to foster a positive body image mentality through her hit comedy.

“On my show, I date guys … if that makes girls feel like, ‘Oh you can be normal and get married and have sex’– which largely TV [says] you can’t do — then great. But you also don’t want to be the face of Stay Puft marshmallows. It’s hard when you’re a narcissistic vain person but you wanna be a role model.”

Watch a clip from Kaling’s interview below. What do you think of her healthy body outlook? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico