Mindy Kaling looks stunning in a recent photo shared on her Instagram account on Friday, Sept. 27. In the snapshot, which was taken on the set of her hit sitcom, The Mindy Project, she's wearing a pixie wig and a flattering white one-piece swimsuit made entirely of…shaving cream!
The show creator and star, in the accompanying caption, called the provocative item her "Varsity Blues 'whipped cream bikini' which was, in reality a shaving cream one-piece." (In the 1999 high school football flick, Varsity Blues, Ali Larter, as a social-climbing cheerleader, dons a whipped-cream bikini in an attempt to seduce James Van Der Beek's quarterback character.) Kaling wore the creative get-up for her show's Sept. 24 episode, in which she tries to have a sexy Skype conversation with her overseas fiance.
The star looks markedly different on the cover of Parade, out this weekend. Gone is the wig, for one thing; her hair is her own, styled in loose, long waves. For another, she's clothed! The actress looks gorgeous in the cover image in a green silk button-down.
Inside the magazine, she opened up about her frustrations with the media's focus on her being a woman of Indian descent, and one, no less, who doesn't fit into the conventional skinny actress mold. "I always get asked,'Where do you get your confidence?' I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting," she said. "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?' "
Her white male peers, meanwhile, don't get asked such questions, she noted. "There are little Indian girls out there who look up to me, and I never want to belittle the honor of being an inspiration to them. But while I'm talking about why I'm so different, white male show runners get to talk about their art."
Mindy Kaling's full interview will appear in this weekend's issue of Parade.