Melissa McCarthy has spoken out about the controversy surrounding her Elle magazine cover, saying she picked out the oversized coat to wear because she was sick of summer.
Critics blasted editors at the US publication for trying to conceal the star's weight by featuring McCarthy on the cover sporting the Marina Rinaldi coat.
But the actress says the wardrobe choice was all her idea.
"I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, 'Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere," McCarthy told Eonline.com.
"I picked the coat. They were like, 'The dress is really great', but I was like, 'Yeah, but look at this'.
"I was just shocked I didn't steal it. Now I think I really should have the coat. I'm petitioning for that coat. Give me that coat. I earned it, damn it."
A publicist for the magazine defended the cover in a statement shortly after the controversy erupted."On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover," the statement said.