And she's done it by being funny, which makes it even better.
"I love my @ELLEmagazine cover," Kaling wrote Tuesday on Twitter. "It made me feel glamorous & cool. And if anyone wants to see more of my body, go on thirteen dates with me."
"More of my body" refers to the heart of the controversy:
Another "controversial" point: Kaling, who's of Indian descent, is the group's only woman of color, and the only one not shown in color.
The other women -- Zooey Deschanel of
The magazine, which sparked a similar firestorm when it put a glamorous
"Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic," Elle said in a statement. "We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV Issue."
Kaling also tweeted about where the "pervs" who wanted to see more of her body could do just that: on her show Tuesday night.
"Wishing for more skin on my @ELLEmagazine cover?
Messina plays Dr. Danny Castellano on the show, created by Kaling, who's a "Mindy Project" producer and writer as well.