ELLE MAGAZINE BLASTED FOR COVERING UP MELISSA McCARTHY: MELISSA McCARTHY appears on the cover for Elle's "Women in Hollywood" issue and critics are slamming the magazine for covering up the full-figured actress's body. While fellow cover models REESE WITHERSPOON, SHAILENE WOODLEY, and MARION COTILLARD showed plenty of skin, Melissa sported an over-sized coat.

That prompted many on the World Wide Web of Stop Fat Shaming to put Elle on blast. One comment accused Elle of making Melissa the  “token plus-size cover girl,” whose coat is “so huge…she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star underneath." The magazine responded to the backlash in a statement, saying, "On all of our shoots, our stylists work with the stars to choose pieces they feel good in, and this is no different: Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover."

I don't know if the magazine made the decision to cover her up because she's a plus-size, but based on this photo of Melissa taken late this summer, they certainly put her on a digital diet ...

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TODAY IN CELEBRITY SELFIES - NICKI MINAJ TOPLESS: NICKI MINAJ wearing leopard star-shaped pasties, some gold chains and nothing else anyone? Yes, please!

BTW ... Nicki just unveiled a line of fashion to be sold at Kmart stores. Way to go Nicki! That’s exactly the move to make if one wants to become an important trendsetter of cutting-edge fashion with the kids! Yes, I'm being sarcastic.

WHY WAS SELENA GOMEZ CRYING ON STAGE?: SELENA GOMEZ shed some tears during her performance in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, leading many to believe she was crying over her ex, JUSTIN BIEBER. The tears came at the end of her song, "Love Will Remember," which is supposedly about him. (PHOTO)

But she says no, that's not why. Selena claims she was emotional because she couldn't use Instagram.Wait, what? She posted a photo -- on Instagram, of couse -- with the caption, "Never ended such a beautiful show in tears because they wouldn't allow me to Instagram tonight. [I'm] completely heartbroken and pissed. Thank you SO much Brooklyn." Apparently, Selena has a tradition of taking photos with fans after her concerts, and for reasons not explained, wasn't allowed to at this show.

LADY GAGA FANS FEAR FOR HER MENTAL STATE OVER INSTAGRAM POSTS: In a somewhat bizarre Instagram-pop star related story, LADY GAGA fans reportedly contacted executives at the online sharing site expressing their concern for the singer’s mental health after reading depressing handwritten lyrics posted by Gaga earlier this week.

Instagram bosses wrote Gaga an email confirming “Members of the Instagram community have raised concerns for your well-being” and letting her know, “We’re reaching out to provide you with some important safety information.”

Meanwhile ... Hoping to avoid a long drawn out trial and the negative publicity that could come with it, Gaga is reportedly close to working out a settlement with her former personal assistant who is suing over unpaid overtime. Jennifer O’Neill filed a lawsuit in 2011 claiming Gaga owes her $380,000 for 7,168 hours of work during the 2010 Monster Ball tour. The case is scheduled to go to trial next month.

BEYONCE SHOWS US HER PICS: Check out a picture of BEYONCE in cutoff shorts and a bikini top, holding her daughter on the beach ...

BABY POOP: KENDRA WILKINSON and husband Hank Baskett are expecting their second child together. Us Weekly says she’s around eight weeks pregnant. The couple, who wed in June 2009, already has a son, Hank Baskett IV.

MAZEL TOV!: KRISTEN BELL and DAX SHEPARD made it legal! According to TMZ, the couple went to the Beverly Hills County Clerk Office just to get their marriage license, but when a court employee offered to marry them on the spot, they took took him up on it. Their daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard, was born in March.