‘Office’ Star Mindy Kaling Defends Emmy Dress

Red carpet critics be damned: The Office star/writer Mindy Kaling is standing by her Emmys fashion statement.

After wearing a tea-length black creation by budding Japanese designer Aguri Sagamori, Mindy made a few ‘worst dressed’ or more kindly-titled ‘fashion misses’ lists (including one at our site decided by fashion expert Lawrence Zarian – sorry Mindy! We dug it!). Hollywood Life called it a “disaster of a dress,” while MSN’s Wonderwall cracked, “Does this dress qualify you for admission to the Tulle Academy?” and fashion blog Styleite said while Mindy is hysterical on TV, “there’s nothing funny about her dress.”

Ouch. But guess what? Mindy, 31, isn’t cowering to Hollywood’s sometimes-bland standard of fashion, tweeting:

People get mad when I don’t wear a monochromatic column dress … “Timeless” is over-rated. Why on earth would I want to fit in anytime, anywhere? What am I, a time-traveler?

The blog Jezebel gave Mindy’s dress rare praise, saying it was “all kinds of awesome,” which prompted a thank-you tweet from Kaling, who said: “I like jezebel for letting me be me and not telling me to wear a navy empire waist gown cuz I’m not skinny.”

Cheers to Mindy for standing by her style!

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