• Tanaya Eyvette

Good Reads: Why NOT Me?

Hello Starshine!

I just finished yet another good book by Mindy Kaling (Or by what I continue to call her “Mindy Lahiri”)

If you are familiar with the face but not the name, do you remember Kelly Kapoor from the hit tv series The Office?


Her book Why NOT me was written in true Mindy fashion. Not that I know her personally, but she is my BFF.

Yes she is! Don’t kill my fantasy!

I don’t think that there is one page that didn’t speak comical, inappropriate, truth at some point. I couldn’t help but relate to much of what she was saying.

This book is a collection of essays (very easy to read. I promise you will actually want to read these). She speaks about her life as a size 10 actress in Hollywood. Right? How dare she speak about her ACTUAL body size?! That’s so taboo!

I’m kidding of course. Actually, her talking about the struggles that she went through as a “plus size” actress was quite hilarious. She takes her ‘flaws’ and FLAUNTS them.

There is a section in the book that I was like…”Mindy…really? Why did you even say this”. She was upset that she was put into the same category as other plus size actresses in a magazine, whose clothing size was a lot larger than her own. She called them..porkers. I laughed because it was sooooo bad. But her turn around was pretty funny (Mindy Style).

“…sometimes I fall victim to my own insecurities […] I want to always be as body-positive as girls hope that I am. And yet I occasionally use the word porkers. I’m trying, guys.”

She continues to say:

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it? Flaunt it. ‘Cause what are we even doing here if we’re not flaunting it? And that, my friends, shall go on my tombstone.”

See why I love her? She’s so awkward and weird, I feel like we could be awkwardly weird together!

Just go read this book, mmk? I’m telling you that her insight is pretty hilarious on being a dark skin Indian actress/producer/creative writer/director in Hollywood. She will leave you feeling confident about your own ‘flaws’.

I will leave you with this:

“And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don’t hate themselves. So that’s why you need to be a little bit brave.”




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