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Melissa McCarthy: 'My weight will always be up and down'

Melissa McCarthy doesn't see herself as a role model in any way.

Actress Melissa McCarthy has vowed to open a lavender farm in Minnesota if her weight becomes the most interesting thing about her.

The Bridesmaids star has recently lost 75 pounds (34 kilograms) and launched a clothing range for plus sized women, but despite being a poster girl for fuller figured females, Melissa hopes there is more to her than her weight.

"I'll be up, I'll be down, probably for the rest of my life," she admitted to Refinery 29. "The thing is, if that is the most interesting thing about me, I need to go have a lavender farm in Minnesota and give this (acting) up. There has to be something more. There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that."

Melissa can't understand the fixation the media has on women's bodies, especially when men don't come under the same level of scrutiny.

"It can't be the first question every time, or a question at all," she continued. "It's like, 'Can you imagine them asking some of these guys I work with, 'How do you keep your butt looking so good?' It would be like, 'What the f**k are you talking about? Why are you asking about the shape of my butt?'"

Melissa's clothing range, Seven7, has been a big hit since it launched last year (15), but the mother-of-two doesn't consider herself a role model in any way.

"I know I am not the 'norm'," she said. "It never occurs to me in terms of being a role model, though, because I don't know any perfect women. If I, off the top of my head, name 20 of the most amazing women in my life, it's all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, jobs. I can only go off my reality. What people pass off as 'normal,' I just have to keep in my head that it's bulls**t. It's all fictitious, made-up stuff."

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