Mindy Kaling is a successful OB/GYN but her personal and dating life is a mess. Oh wait, that’s Mindy Lahiri, the fictional doctor she plays on her show The Mindy Project. But according to Kaling, it seems as if many people in real life confuse her with the fictional character she plays.
Currently, Kaling is single and dating, but she’s running into trouble dating because she is a lot more conservative than Mindy Lahiri. During her appearance on Ellen, she says that she’s not someone who could “drink eleven martinis” or “have a one-night stand” because she has her medications to take at night. And she has to floss.
As you can imagine, that might lead to some complications. Ellen’s solution? A bedazzled pill box for all her (non narcotic) medications, complete with labels for every day of the week.
Okay, technically you won’t be able to see our Audrey Cover Girl out on the actual field, but you will be able to see Mindy Kaling in a Super Bowl commercial for Nationwide Insurance. Last year’s Super Bowl drew 111.5 million viewers and the price for a 30 second Super Bowl commercial is at least 4 million. So yes, Mindy Kaling’s commercial is a huge deal. Ironically enough, the commercial seems to revolve around Mindy Kaling turning invisible.
How does this relates to Nationwide Insurance? We are not sure. While we are tempted to write to Nationwide Insurance with our theories (is this a commentary on Asians being the invisible minority or are we overthinking it?), it may be better to ask Mindy herself.
“My writers and I had so much fun brainstorming ideas for this ad because it was all about wish fulfillment,” Kaling told AdWeek. “For instance, I have always wanted to walk through a car wash, and then I got to do it for the ad! In this ad I was able to have fun fantasizing about all the ridiculous stuff you would do if you were invisible…and mischievous.”
Outside of Super Bowl commercials, Mindy remains plenty visible. The Mindy Project is still going strong at it’s third season. Ugly Betty‘s Vanessa Williams will be a guest star on an upcoming episode and Mindy Kaling is nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series at the NAACP Awards. Mindy will also be starring in Pixar’s upcoming movie Inside Out in July and her second book Why Not Me is tentatively scheduled for a September release.
#INVISIBLEMINDY may be the hashtag Nationwide Insurance chose but maybe a more accurate hashtag would be #2015THEYEAROFMINDY.
In this adorable 2012 clip, Yeun talks about his thoughts on dating. Hopefully, he still doesn’t think 20 steps ahead.
“I’m like not normal and I really think like 18, 20 steps ahead,” Yeun admitted. “So it’s like, ‘Oh my god that girl is so cute, I would love to date her. Wait a minute what will happen when we’re on our marriage and on our second child and she says, ‘Hey, can you cook me some spaghetti? I’m really tired,’ and I’m like, ‘Sure I’ll cook you some spaghetti,’ and I bring the spaghetti and she says, ‘This tastes like crap’ and she throws the fork on the ground. And you’re like, ‘I don’t want that,’ so… no thanks.
“You’re going to be destined for a lonely life if you keep thinking that way,” Conan remarked.
But that didn’t seem to faze Yeun who simply responded, “It’s gonna be good, I have…so many comic books.”
2. Sandra Oh talks about her parents’ adjusting to her wanting to be an actress.
Sandra Oh was just as glamorous in 2007 as she is now! At this point, Oh was already an established star in her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, but she talked about how important education is to her family and how the rest of her relatives have Master’s degrees. She points out that when she first came to Los Angeles with the intention of becoming an actress, it took time for her parents to come to terms with it. Their fundamental question was how much this career could contribute to society, asking her “What is the social purpose of what you’re doing? What are you helping society with?”
3. Aziz Ansari talks about handling bullies on Conan.
During this talk show interview, Aziz Ansari first hilariously wonders about the mysteries of online dating by discussing that his friend found a wife online while he just found nuggets from Wendy’s.
He then goes on to discuss a documentary on bullying and his work with an anti-bullying charity. Despite his light-hearted approach and jokes in-between, he mentions an aspect of bullying that’s concerning: bullying today has, if anything, become more specific and elaborate and should be addressed.
4. Mindy Kaling talks about backhanded compliments.
In this interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Mindy Kaling talks about how she is sometimes the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments. “People are like, ‘It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t need to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do’ and I’m like, ‘I do subscribe…’ or ‘It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster,'” Kaling jokes. She mentions that she does run and work out, and that “it takes effort to look like a normal/chubby woman.”
At the same time, she acknowledges the good sides of being a role model on her show by being average-sized and having a consistent love life along with a satisfying career and social life.
5. Jackie Chan talks about his adorable socks and sings “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”
Jackie Chan cheekily points out how no one would ever walk up to Robert DeNiro and shout his name along with a series of kung-fu moves, and yet that’s how Chan is usually greeted. Ultimately, Chan gamely pokes fun at his own accent when calling an operator for Pinkberry, teaches Ellen some Chinese, and displays his singing chops!
Know any more talk show moments that should be on this list? Let us know!
Actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling has seriously upped her fashion game since she appeared on Audrey‘s cover a few years ago. Credit her stylist on one of our fave shows, The Mindy Project, but Kaling’s been taking more risks with some seriously inspirational results. Best of all, she’s showing all of us that we can rock the trends with the best of ‘em, curves and all.
1. Crop Tops
Seriously, who says you have to be model thin (or 20?) to rock the crop top-high waisted skirt trend? Kaling is spot-on and gorgeous in this emerald outfit by Topshop. It’s all about that sliver of skin and below-the-knee length that makes this trend do-able for all ages and sizes.
2. Riotous Prints
Thanks to the last five years of surreal, eye-popping prints courtesy of designers Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, loud clashing prints are now everywhere. Thanks to Kaling (and her to-die-for dress by Clover Canyon), loud clashing prints are clearly for everyone.
3. In Your Face Color
If you haven’t learned anything from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s whirlwind awards season wardrobe, learn this now: super saturated color looks gorgeous head-to-toe. Bonus points if you’re lucky enough to have Kaling’s skintone, in which case, every super saturated color looks amazing on you — no accessories necessary.
4. Bell Skirts
No one can go wrong with a bell-shaped skirt with a cinched in waist and colorful heels, regardless of size. It’s perhaps the greatest camouflager ever. For a more of-the-moment update, try one in a just-below-the-knee length paired with your loudest heels.
5. A Body-Skimming Shift (Plus Punk Rock Shoes)
Some commentators have dissed Kaling’s spiky red booties, but we adore the look. Punk rock booties are the perfect foil to a girly black shift dress. An outfit always looks better (and more fashion-y) with one slightly-off twist or element of edge. Bravo, Mindy!
Well, maybe it’s a bit extreme to say she hates birthdays, but she certainly isn’t a fan of them.
Audrey Magazine cover girl, Mindy Kaling, is known for many things. She’s known for creating and starring in her very own TV sitcom, The Mindy Project. She’s known for being nominated five consecutive times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as a producer of The Office and, of course, she’s known for her honest and outspoken opinions. So on Monday night, Kaling made an appearance on Conan to tell him her strong opinion on birthdays.
According to Kaling, her strict attitude with her workers have led them to call her a mean dictator. For what exactly? Apparently Kaling believes that birthdays should not be a big deal after the age of sixteen.
“My big thing is, you have to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ faster.” Kaling laughed. Kaling went on to say that with 200 employees, there’s always a birthday. Understandably, it must get tiring to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song everyday.
Kaling continued by joking that she doesn’t buy her writers birthday presents because she’s already given them a present: Their job.
We know Mindy Kaling as the popular actress, comedian, writer and producer most known for her role as Kelly Kapoor in The Office and for creating and starring in The Mindy Project. Of course, here at Audrey Magazine, we also know her as our Winter 2011-12 cover girl.
As it turns out, we’ve all been unaware of another talent under Kaling’s belt.
The 2001 Dartmouth college graduate apparently had a popular comic strip in the Dartmouth school newspaper titled “Badly Drawn Girl.”
“There were times I was at The D at like 3 a.m., outside in my car while it was snowing and I’d just put my blinkers on and sit there drawing. I don’t know how I kept up with everything.” Kaling tells Dartmouth Alumni Magazine who claim that the comic strip quickly made Kaling a “campus celebrity.”
Lucky for us, some of Kaling’s comic strips have been making its way onto social media. You may not recognize Kaling’s birthname Vera Mindy Chokalingam, but you will recognize her notable wit and humor sprinkled throughout her comics. Check them out for yourself.
February 2014 is Elle’s annual Women in TV issue. They’ve decided to feature four of television’s top celebrities: Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler, Allison Williams and Audrey Magazine Winter 2011-12 covergirl, Mindy Kaling. The four actresses all received their very own cover. This is reason to rejoice, right? An Asian American actress is finally being ranked equally in mainstream media!
But wait. Is she?
It doesn’t take much effort to spot the blatant difference between Kaling’s cover compared to the others. Many upset readers have pointed out the very obvious difference that Kaling’s cover is the only one black and white. Sure, the actress still looks stunning, but why are the other women not also in black and white? Why did they feel the need to take away the color of the one woman who was not Caucasian?
Other readers have pointed out that while the other three actresses received full-body covers, Kaling’s cover is a cropped close up.
Is it a coincidence? Is it just chance that Kaling (who happens to not fit the stereotypical body size of American actresses) is the only one who doesn’t receive a full body cover? Is it mere coincidence that the one person of color gets the black and white photo? Did they simply fail to notice that the other three photos are consistent and similar while Kaling’s is not?
Yesterday, PolyMic.com released a story titled “28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013.” We’re not going to lie, we definitely jumped and cheered for many of these moments.
Of course, we were proud that these individuals helped women take a much-needed step forward, but what really caught our eye was the amount of Asians that made their way onto this list. We decided to take a closer look at these women.
Needless to say, we are awfully proud of the Asians who took part in the most iconic feminist moment of 2013. To check out the full list, click here.
1. Bollywood Actress Slammed Down a Reporter Who Criticized Her Views on the Patriarchy
When a female reporter asked Mallika Sherawat to defend her comment that India is “regressive and depressive,” she ripped her apart. “As a woman, I should lie about the state of women that’s in our country?” the actress replied. When the reporter wouldn’t give it up, the Bollywood actress just started dropping knowledge: “With female feticide, infanticide happening on an almost daily basis; with gang rapes making the headlines of almost every newspaper; with honor killings …” Her response came only a few weeks after the head of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation said if rape can’t be prevented, it should be enjoyed.
So who is this fiesty woman who dropped some knowledge? That would be none other than Indian actress and model Mallika Sherawat. Quite like her actual personality, Sherawat is known for playing characters with a bold attitude. Currently, the 37-year-old actress is trying to cross over to Hollywood. Thus far, she has been in two Hollywood films, Hisss and Politics of Love, and was featured in a Bruno Mars parody video.
Because of her time spent in Los Angeles, as well as her comment that India is regressive for women, Sherewat received a handful of negative criticism for those who felt like she did not like India. In the following video, Sherewat says exactly whats she meant by that and calls attention to a number of very important issues.
The description also calls attention to Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha who faced a lot of heat for comparing rape to gambling and stating “if you can’t prevent it, enjoy it..” Read more on his controversial statement here.
2. International Outrage After Gang Rape in India Sparked Historic Change in Laws
After the fatal, brutal gang rape of a student caused international uproar and mass protests, the Indian government took drastic action. On March 19, the parliament passed an anti-rape bill that doubled the punishment for rapists. “Under the changes, the minimum sentence for gang rape, rape of a minor, rape by policemen or a person in authority will be doubled to 20 years and can be extended to life without parole,” BBC reported.
This set the stage for a global conversation about sexual assault and the persistence of rape culture across borders.
According to the Atlantic, three woman in India are raped every hour and yet the country has one of the lowest conviction rates. Thankfully, the discrepancy has been given a little more (deserved) attention. The new anti-rape bull includes double the amount of punishment for rapists. The minimum sentence is now 20 years and can be extended to life without parole. Additionally, voyeurism and stalking is now punishable by law.
3. GoldieBlox Proved That Girls Can Be More Than Princesses
Who knew feminism has so much viral potential? For decades, we’ve been targeting women and girls with pink princess junk, but as it turns out, telling females they can be anything can also work! When the good folks at GoldieBlox noticed that women only make up 11% of engineers in the world, they decided to reverse that trend. “By designing a construction toy from the female perspective, we aim to disrupt the pink aisle and inspire the future generation of female engineers,” a statement on the company’s website says. “We believe there are a million girls out there who are engineers. They just might not know it yet. We think GoldieBlox can show them the way.” Well, I know what to give my niece for Christmas this year!
Debbie Sterling, a female engineer, realized that part of the reason many girls don’t grow up considering the engineering field has a lot to do with our childhood. Young girls don’t come home from the toy store with legos, lincoln blocks, or robots you to be built build for battle. They go home with dress-up barbies, build-a-bears, and fake make-up kits. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with these toys, the problem is simply that the opportunity to go out and explore is not available. Many young girls never considered being an engineer simply because they were never programmed to have any sort of interest in the field. Sterling decided to change that.
She described GoldieBlox as “a series of interactive books + construction toys starring Goldie, a curious girl with a love of engineering.”
4. Mindy Kaling Exposed One of the Worst Double Standards for Women
In an interview with Parade magazine, Mindy Kaling made a brilliant point about the assumptions we make about women. “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?'”
Mindy Kaling is on our list of The Worlds 15 Most Followed Asian Female Celebrities on Twitter and happens to be one of Audrey’s cover girls. She talked more about her confidence and explained where it came from. “As confident as I feel,” she explained, “it takes an almost comically confident person to be able to say that they were destined to be in movies and television. I don’t think I was destined, but I think I am of the personality type where the rejection or odds of something doesn’t scare me. Maybe it was because my mom moved to Africa at 20 by herself, but there’s a certain fearlessness that runs in my family for things where there’s absolutely no reason to believe that it should work out. I get that from my parents.”
Check out the cover photo below.
5. Malala Made a Groundbreaking (and Very Feminist) Speech at the United Nations
On July 12, Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday by delivering her first speech since she survived a bullet to the head by the Taliban. Her words inspired millions around the world, especially after she made some enlightening feminist statements like, “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
The teenage girl’s courage and grace left us all (including Jon Stewart) speechless. TIME magazine got it wrong because in our hearts, she was definitely the Person of the Year.
If you don’t know who Malala Yousafzai is, then you ought to learn up. Malala was only a young girl when she became an activist for rights to education and rights for women. At the young age of 11, she began blogging about her life under Taliban rule. This was so powerful that in 2009, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life.
Her actions were seen as unacceptable and in 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunman in an attempt to murder her. The strong young lady survived and continues to fight for what she believes in.
6. This Awesome Rape Prevention Video Parody From India Traveled ‘Round the World
This parody video created by All India Bakchod went viral around the world for its honest look at the worst persisting stereotypes about sexual assault. It features women using humor and sarcasm to point out the absurdities of rape culture. Given that a recent United Nations report found that two women are raped every hour in India, this video couldn’t come at a better time. Its reception was positive. The filmmakers told Al Jazeera that within a couple of days, they were already flooded with requests to translate the video into Hindi in order to reach a wider audience.
Known for her films Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin joined forces with TV presenter Juhi Pandey for the video AIB365: It’s Your Fault.This short is a brilliantly done satire on rape and the blame that is often placed on women.The video was made in response to the high levels of violence against women in India and the misconceptions over who is at fault.
The video begins with Koechlin saying, “Ladies, do you think rape is something men do out of a desire for control, empowered by years of patriarchy? You’ve clearly been misled by the notion that women are people too. Because let’s face it, rape is your fault.” If the satiric tone is not yet obvious, Koechlin goes on to say, “Scientific studies suggest that women who wear skirts are the leading cause of rape. Do you know why? Because men have eyes.”
The video continues by showing various articles of clothing which are unacceptable for women to wear, from skirts to a fully-covered astronaut suit. The video points out that women are to blame for rape regardless of what they wear simply because they are women. Watch this entertaining and enlightening video below.
Some time ago, Buzzfeed released the story 27 Asian Leading Ladies Who Kick Ass. They described these actresses as women who defied the various stereotypes often imposed on Asians. Among this list of very talented actresses were some of Audrey Magazine‘s past cover girls:
MINDY KALING Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts You know her from: The Office, and her hilarious book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Current project: Her self-produced star vehicle The Mindy Project is going into its second season.
From Audrey Magazine: “As confident as I feel, it takes an almost comically confident person to be able to say they were destined to be in movies and television. I don’t think I was destined, but I think I am of the personality type where the rejection or odds of something doesn’t scare me.”
MAGGIE Q Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii You know her from: Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard, Balls of Fury Current project: Since 2010, Maggie has starred in The CW’s Nikita, which is now going into its fourth season.
From Audrey Magazine: “When I first started acting, there were times where I absolutely didn’t know who I was, and because of that, the confidence didn’t follow. You feel lost and you’re always trying to find something that matters to you. But the older I get, the more I understand what my values are, who I am, what I believe in. And because of that, I’m able to have confidence.”
JAMIE CHUNG Hometown: San Francisco, California You know her from: The Real World: San Diego, Sucker Punch Current project: Jamie plays the recurring role of Mulan on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
From Audrey Magazine: “I just want to do the things I love and spend time with the people I care about and cut out the bullsh-t. Life is too short. … And that goes for food, too. If I want a burger, I’m going to eat a burger.”
RINKO KIKUCHI Hometown: Hadano, Japan You know her from: Her Oscar nominated-role in Babel, this summer’s Pacific Rim Current project: Rinko is in the upcoming movie 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves.
From Audrey Magazine: “Since Babel, I’ve had few roles in international films since there are so few roles for Japanese, [but] I want to continue working in the United States.”
ELODIE YUNG Hometown: Paris, France You know her from: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, G.I. Joe: Retaliation Current project: Elodie’s latest project, 10 Things I Hate About My Life, is slated for release in late 2013 and stars Evan Rachel Wood.
From Audrey Magazine: “If I’m hired for an action film, there’s no point in me not trying everything, or at least as much as I can. This is not Shakespeare. It’s not about what I’m going to say. I’m not going to have a beautiful monologue. It’s about the action. As an actor, you should invest yourself as much as you can. I want to give 100 percent. It’s more fun that way.”
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*As of August 15, 2013
This story was originally published in our Fall 2013 issue. Get your copy here.
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