All-female 'Ghostbusters' stars land Elle Covers

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On July 15, Sony will release the Paul Feig-directed reboot of the classic supernatural comedy Ghostbusters. Maybe you've heard a bit about it? Yes, of course you have (or you can refresh your memory here and here). Controversy aside, you definitely know the names of the film's stars, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Elle snagged the four leading ladies for a series of July covers as part of the magazine's inaugural Women in Comedy issue that is packed with features and photos starring some of the biggest (and fastest rising) names in the funny business.

Pret-a-Reporter caught up with the magazine's editor-in-chief Robbie Myers for an exclusive Q&A session about Elle's new comedy package, what makes the Ghostbusters quartet so appealing and why women in comedy are having a moment right now.

Hi Robbie! Your four covers are gorgeous. It's your first Women in Comedy issue ever. The easy question is: Why now?

With the announcement that four women were going to play the iconic Ghostbusters in Paul Feig's remake, we thought this is a big moment in the culture for female comedians, and women who make the culture are at the core of what Elle is about. But first we had to get those four amazing actresses locked down for our covers! This issue is full of hilarious women, and we cover almost all the major players making an impact right now. There are so many female comedians who have broken out in the past decade alone. And Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are certainly among them.

The first all-female Ghostbusters does seem like the perfect opportunity to launch such a franchise for Elle. And now for the tough question: Did you get to see the movie? If so, what can you say?

What I can say about the movie is this: Wiig, McCarthy, Jones, and McKinnon are the comedy dream team — and, of course, we love that this "remake" features new characters with an almost all-female cast.

What did you learn about what it takes to be a top female comedian today from your interviews with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones? Has there been any through line to their success?

They each talk about how they are so committed — or as McCarthy put it, "psychotically attached" — to the characters they create, which is what I think makes them stand out among other women and men across this industry. Whether it's Wiig's Target Lady or Jones' Naked and Afraid spoof they've found success in how believable, and of course, how funny, they make their characters.

I love that you put Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer and Rachel Bloom in a room and hit record for a very funny, no-holds-barred discussion. For you, what was the most surprising thing to come out of that conversation?

It's so interesting that as comedians they feel all feel that feminism in their act is sort of a given, even if simply by their presence.

And if you could sit in a room with any comedian — a living or late legend — who would you pick and why?

Um. ... Have you heard of this great comedian Melissakristinlesliekate? Hilarious!

For the Riot Girls feature, you and your team selected the "latest and greatest" female comedians on the rise. What characteristics were you looking for?

These women are 14 of the most audacious stand-ups currently selling out clubs across the country. They're in the industry as club mainstays, podcasters, writers' room wunderkinds, best-selling authors, TV leading ladies, and for some, all of the above.

Scroll down to check out the Ghostbusters ladies on their individual covers (all photographed by legendary lensman Mark Seliger and reprinted courtesy of Elle magazine).
Photo cred: Elle

Photo cred: Elle

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All-female 'Ghostbusters' stars land Elle Covers
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, presenter Kristen Wiig poses in the press room at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wiig will join Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in an all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," scheduled for release in July of 2016. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by tweeting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 18: Kristen Wiig is seen on the set of 'Ghostbuster' in Boston on June 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actress Kristen Wiig speaks onstage during the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Melissa McCarthy arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
US actress Melissa McCarthy poses for photographs on the carpet as she arrives to attend the European premiere of the film 'Spy' in London on May 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy speaks during SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' With Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham And Paul Feig at the SiriusXM Studios on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, actress Leslie Jones poses at the "Top Five" premiere at the Princess of Wales Theatre during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Jones will star with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon in an all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," scheduled for release in July of 2016. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by tweeting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Samantha Yanks, Cecily Strong, Leslie Jones and Debra Halpert attend the Gotham & Hamptons Magazines celebration of Gotham's Spring Issue featuring Saturday Night Live's Cover Stars at Four Seasons Hotel on February 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Gotham Magazine)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 205 -- Pictured: Leslie Jones, SNL cast member, during an interview on May 12, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - This Aug. 25, 2014 file photo shows actress Kate McKinnon at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. McKinnon will star with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones in an all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters," scheduled for release in July of 2016. Director Paul Feig announced his stars by tweeting their pictures on Twitter on Tuesday, Jan. 27. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Actress Kate McKinnon attends Opening Night: Live From New York! during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at the Beacon Theatre on April 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)
Kate McKinnon attends the "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" premiere on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Kate McKinnon of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" arrives at the 2013 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on Monday, April 22, 2013 in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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