Mindy Kaling Is In Style’s First Indian-American Cover Girl


Dear Mindy Kaling,

We salute you.

That “we” is women like myself. Women from cultural backgrounds generally deemed “Other” here in the United States: Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, East African, etc. You’re one of few faces from our ragtag crew who’s not only mainstream accepted, you’re authentic, unapologetic and simply, brave.

You’ve managed to rise to the top of your field by being yourself, no easy feat in an era where everyone’s physical appearance is digitally (and surgery) enhanced complete with easily-bought souls. Plus you’ve done it with humor. During a text message session with InStyle‘s editorial director Ariel Foxman (who wrote your history-making current June cover story) he made mention that you’re “the first Indian-American Woman on our cover” to which you replied, “And I insist on being the last.” How could we not love you?

You’re unafraid to voice critical objection when needed, too. During an episode of The Mindy Project (recently cancelled by Fox but hopefully will be picked up next by Hulu) you tackled the recent wave of “women can have it all” talk—no shade, Sheryl Sandberg.

“There was one joke that I’m surprised was not flagged,” you tell InStyle in your cover feature. “The character Danny doesn’t want Mindy to go back to San Francisco to start a fertility clinic; he wants her to stay in New York, stop working, and take care of their family … She’s like, ‘It’s the 20th century, Danny. A woman can work and have a baby with no problem. I mean, rich women can.’

“It was such a risky joke, but I find it utterly true. The only people writing those articles [about having it all] are women who are doing very well or come from money. But we make it sound like it’s a totally universal thing.” Amen, girl.

InStyle‘s June 2015 issue is available in print and for download today.

GQ Deems Nicki Minaj A “Cheeky Genius” [Yawn]


GQ has a new feature with Nicki Minaj in preparation for her upcoming The Pinkprint album.

The article, quite frankly, is a mess. Taffy Brodesser-Akner interviews Nicki prior to her Fashion Rocks performance and while Nicki obviously isn’t in the mood to give lengthy answers, the writer is clearly overwhelmed by the star. It’s a mainstream magazine so we sadly can’t expect authentic reportage of an artist birthed in hip-hop but Brodesser-Akner’s condescending approach (“Now we’re getting down to it. Now we’re going to talk about butts” after constantly prodding Nicki about the “Anaconda” video) and her silly insinuation Jennifer Lopez is angry at Minaj’s “booty” popularity (at her “younger” and “bouncier twerk”) is lazy, with the reader taking nothing new away from the exclusive piece.

Brodesser-Akner frames her article around the fact Nicki keeps dozing off during their chat, not using it as an opportunity to re-craft her questions and speak to her about mental exhaustion, handling the pressure of an ever-changing rap world as its reigning queen and preparing for an album release that has little to no buzz. Hopefully we’ll get better insight into Nicki’s current state of mind as more stories roll out.


Simone Amelia Covers Boss Lady Magazine’s April Issue

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What an incredible honor!

I am the April cover star of Boss Lady magazine. I met Rhonda Rachelle, Founder/Editor, at the Atlanta launch of my Reebok Classics sneaker and we connected instantly. We share the same theories behind the powerful title “boss lady” and carry it with respect and love. When Rhonda reached out to me about shooting for the cover of her magazine during my next trip to Atlanta, I jumped at the opportunity. We did a great interview, took some amazing photos and it looks like I’ll now be joining the team as a columnist for future issues.

Read my in-depth cover story here.

Thank you again to Rhonda Rachelle and the magazine crew, Indique Hair for providing their Atlanta boutique for our cover shoot, and everyone involved.