Mindy Kaling is not your typical romantic comedy heroine — she’s not a size 0 or 2 and she’s Indian. Women of color are rarely the object of desire in television shows or movies. Kaling is changing the narrative about Indian woman through the characters she creates as both a writer and producer of shows, The Office and The Mindy Project.
Kaling is the friend in our head, the girlfriend who you can go shopping with, have crazy adventures with and she’s not afraid to look stupid or chase perfection. In an interview in Rolling Stone, she says, “I love women who don’t ask, ‘Is that OK?’ after everything they say.” Her two memoirs, Why Not Me? and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), Kaling shares her joys and challenges being a single woman trying to make a career and a life in Hollywood.
In a Good Housekeeping interview, Kaling says she has mixed feelings about marriage, ”When I was younger, I wanted so badly to be married and have kids in a rush. I loved my parents’ relationship. The way my father was with my mother when she was dying was so moving. It was such devotion. I don’t know that that will happen for me, but I like it.” Then again, she’s quick to qualify that: “I don’t need marriage. I don’t need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires. I can take care of them myself now.”
Mindy Kaling wishes more women felt confident in their abilities and who they are. In Glamour magazine, her words advice were, “Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled.”
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