Melissa McCarthy: I’d Rather Take a Punch to the Face Than See My Daughters Feel Bad About Their Bodies

Melissa is on a mission!

The 45-year-old spoke to Redbook for their April issue about the rampant body issues that plague women in the U.S., especially young girls. She even said she’d rather face physical harm than see her daughters, Georgette and Vivian Falcone, battle their body image.

“Give me your best punch in the face, and I’ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself,” McCarthy said. “There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what point-five percent of the human race looks like. It starts very young.”

Melissa McCarthy Covers the April Issue of Redbook
CREDIT: Yu Tsai

The actress and mother advocated that women and girls stop sizing each other up; that everyone looks different and that’s a good thing.

“With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another: Who wore it best? Whose butt’s better?” she said. “Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?”

Melissa McCarthy Covers the April Issue of Redbook
CREDIT: Yu Tsai

Not only does Melissa plan to continue fighting body shaming, she also plans to use her clothing line to encourage women to love their bodies.

“A good portion of women in America are size 14 and higher. I just try to make clothing that’ll make all women feel really good,” she said. “When I feel good about my clothes, I’m more patient with my kids. I don’t beep at the guy in his car texting in front of me. I look at the world a little differently. The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way.”