I love Mindy! Is there any argument to be made for just recalling all those damn Kim Kardashian Vogues and reissuing them with Mindy on the cover instead? She’s profiled in the issue, her name is on the cover, they made this adorable video… we were so close!
Because THIS is what should be defining our culture and shaping our world right now. This is what could be defining our culture, in a Kardashian-free, ideal world. Although one of my favourite things about Mindy Kaling is how adeptly she can weave delightful, whip smart pop culture references into her writing (Kardashians included), so I think she alone might actually have the power to make me miss them if they were gone. I know the Kimye issue has come just a few months after Lena Dunham bagged the cover, so from Vogue’s point of view I imagine they’re probably thinking they’ve ticked “funny, non-skinny TV girl” off their to-do list and they don’t have to feel obliged to revisit that for at least eighteen months.
But honestly, what do Vogue think of their readers (average age 37.8, I Googled it.)? Do they think that women of that age are sitting around observing the media landscape and going “Oh no! Not ANOTHER witty, intelligent, hard working, insanely successful, multi-talented woman who’s over 110 lbs and not blonde! I’m so sick of them! I’m so jaded with having this message that we should celebrate powerful women for their intellect and their achievements rammed down my throat! Enough already!!”
Speaking for myself, I have not had enough. Give me Tina, give me Amy, give me Mindy, give me Lena, and then, when you’re done, give me MORE Tina, MORE Amy, MORE Mindy, MORE Lena! Give me a Marvel franchise with a female superhero in the lead, give me six more Katniss Everdeens, give me characters like Wyldstyle from “The Lego Movie” in every kid’s film, because I seriously can’t get enough of this shit. Give me your books and I’ll buy them, give me your tv shows and I’ll watch them, give my gender leading roles in more than 14% of the total films made in any given year year and I will put on my outdoor clothes, leave my house to go to the cinema and pay good money to see them. Because I can’t get enough of women who don’t make me want to put my head in my hands and weep for the future of humanity, and I will never feel sick about seeing them celebrated!
But I digress. Because what I really wanted to talk about was cute dresses! I am literally counting down the days (no, literally, her Facebook page is doing an actual countdown) till series two of The Mindy Project returns, and if you haven’t been watching it I recommend getting yourself caught up! The show struggled a bit to find its feet in season one, but while the cast, the characters and the tone could be wildly inconsistent, the one thing it always had was great jokes (and a spectacular wardrobe!). In season two everything has gelled, there are even more great jokes, and there are more cute blouses per 22 minutes of TV than I have owned in my entire life. TV Mindy dresses like she walked out of an explosion in the Orla Kiely factory and attacked herself with sequins and a glue gun, and the results are surprisingly wonderful. A few weeks ago I spent two genuinely LOL-filled afternoons catching up on the first 14 episodes, falling in love with Danny Castelano and perving on some incredible clothes. It was spectacular, and you should Treat Yo Self to some of that.
The other great thing about the return of the Mindy Project is that Mindy has been everywhere, being generally awesome, and showing us that Real Life Mindy also loves to have fun with clothes. She told Vogue she likes playful brands, saying “It’s a fun expression of who I am… I love when your clothes can help you project that you’re witty, you know, when your outfit does some of the work for you.” She also touches on body issues and confidence, telling Vogue she doesn’t want to be skinny, and in my favourite quote from the piece she says “It’s really tempting not to take chances. But I don’t want to be fearful. I don’t want my tombstone to say, she hid her imperfections well on the red carpet.” Yes! More of this please, you hear that Vogue? MORE MINDY!
Below, Mindy in Vogue, Mindy at the Today show (TV Mindy would button up that blouse and stick a mustard floral pullover over it, just for kicks), and some press events for the Mindy Project where, incredibly, she manages to make a crop top seem like a chicer option than a dress, and pink silk trousers seem feasible. I LOVE HER! (But I think I established that in my first sentence.)