Mindy Kaling was not ‘feeling body confident’ when she was asked to model for Vogue India just weeks after welcoming her second child into the world.
The actress, 41, who appears on the cover of the fashion magazine’s December issue, shed light on her inner struggles in a recent Instagram post announcing the new issue.
While initially ‘excited’ for the opportunity, Mindy revealed she contemplated turning down the shoot due to her insecurities.
‘Seriously nervous’: Mindy Kaling was not ‘feeling body confident’ when she was asked to model for Vogue India just six weeks after welcoming her second child into the world
‘I was so excited to be asked to be the cover of @vogueindia’s December issue but seriously nervous because I would have to shoot it six weeks after giving birth to my son Spencer. I was not feeling body confident, and even considered saying no,’ she admitted.
Mindy’s fears were alleviated after the magazine sent her a great team to work with, resulting in her gorgeous cover shoot.
‘@katiegreenthal and Vogue surrounded me with talented and wonderful people, and now I’m thrilled I have these photos as a memento of this very specific time in my life. “Post partum pandemic fabulous” is what I like to call it. Thank you @vogueindia, I love you! More photos to come. Enjoy!’
In her interview with the magazine, Mindy admitted she experienced ‘growing pains’ coping to life in self-isolation amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Second thoughts: While initially ‘excited’ for the photo shoot, Mindy revealed she considered turning down the opportunity due to her insecurities
The actress described struggling to scale back her ordinarily active social life as the world grappled with an extraordinary health crisis.
Mindy admitted she was not doing ‘great’ when asked about adjusting to solitude, but said she was fortunate to have the company of her ‘fun and funny’ two-year-old daughter Katherine Kaling.
‘I’m very hard-working, but I’m also very social,’ Mindy told Vogue India. ‘It was a lot of growing pains at the beginning of the pandemic. It made it easier that my daughter was here because she’s so fun and funny.
Baby love! Kaling described quarantining with her ‘fun and funny’ daughter Katherine
‘In the beginning, it was a lot of just us staring at each other, but I got to know her better.’
On top of cutting back time with her social circle, Mindy had to stop seeing her father in person.
Mindy’s father would ordinarily see his granddaughter every day, but for three months he didn’t step foot into his daughter’s house once lockdowns struck.
New normal: Kaling’s father, who previously visited Katherine every day, reduced his visits to daily drives in his car, where he would say hi to his granddaughter through the window
His visits were reduced to daily drives in his car, where he would say hi to Katherine through his window.
‘Every day he would drive by and wear a mask and gloves and talk to Katherine through the car window,’ she explained.
Eventually, Mindy learned how to work her life around the restrictions, and her household now gets tested on a weekly basis.
She means business: Kaling played the beloved Kelly Kapoor on the hit series The Office
Despite the current circumstances, Mindy is thriving personally and professionally with a slew of projects under her belt, including the upcoming Legally Blonde 3, which she is writing.
She also welcomed her second child, a son named Spencer, a few months ago.
Mindy has not yet revealed the identity of the father of her two children.
‘My feeling is that, until I speak to my daughter about that, I’m not going to talk to anyone else about it,’ she previously told the New York Times.
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