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Melissa McCarthy is ‘more confident than ever’

Melissa McCarthy is desperate to be part of “breaking down” the image-obsessed society in Hollywood.

Melissa McCarthy is “more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life”.

The 46-year-old actress has been showcasing her newly slimline figure in a series of stylish ensembles over the past few months, having shed a staggering 70 pounds (31.8 kilos) since 2010.

But while Melissa is still considered plus size in Hollywood, the stunning star insists she is more than happy with the way she looks right now.

“Do I sometimes hope I’d wake up in the morning and people are like, ‘What’s wrong with her? She looks emaciated,’” Melissa said during an interview with Britain’s Reveal magazine. “Of course I’d love that. But I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life.”

Melissa didn’t always have curves, and was a U.S. size 6, a British size 10, when she first started out in Hollywood. But the fact she was told when she was that weight that she needed to shed the pounds reminds Melissa of just how ridiculous today’s image-obsessed society can be.

“When I was 22, I met with a manager. She told me, ‘You’re never going to work at this weight.’ I think I was a six at the time,” she said. “There’s just this weird thing about how we perceive women in America. I’d love to be a part of breaking that down.”

Melissa has two added motivations to break down the barriers surrounding body image – her daughters Vivian, nine, and six-year-old Georgette.

Being mother to the girls with husband Ben Falcone means Melissa is well aware of just how obsessive things can get when you’re a young woman, with the actress adding: “It’s an intense sickness. For someone who has two daughters, I’m wildly aware of how deep that rabbit hole goes.“

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