Melissa McCarthy slams body-shamers: 'People don't stop at size 12'

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Melissa McCarthy may be one of the funniest people on the planet, but she's not always just about fun and games. The 44-year-old actress vented about women's issues and sizeism in an interview with More.

The mother of two has been a trailblazer for women in comedy and is bringing up her daughters in a way that they don't see limits for themselves.

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"When I told my daughters there had never been a female president, they were like, 'What! How is that possible?'" Melissa said. "I have an overactive sense of justice. I want women to realize you don't have to work for the company. You can run the company. I want the scope for them to be endless."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Spy' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Spy' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GEMANY - MAY 26: Melissa McCarthy attends 'Spy: Susan Cooper Undercover' Berlin Photocall at Hotel De Rome on May 26, 2015 in Berlin, Gemany. (Photo Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Actress Melissa McCarthy attend the UK Premiere of 'Spy' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Melissa McCarthy is seen on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Janet Mayer/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 8: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Tuesday, May 8, 2018, with guests Melissa McCarthy and Chris Parnell. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
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OPELIKA, AL - APRIL 30: Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy attend 'Life Of The Party' World Premiere at AMC Tiger 13 on April 30, 2018 in Opelika, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)
AUBURN, AL - APRIL 30: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Life Of The Party' Auburn University Tour at Auburn University on April 30, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: Actor Melissa McCarthy (L) and Director/Actor Ben Falcone attend CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to �The Big Picture�, an Exclusive Presentation of our Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Melissa McCarthy attends the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)
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Melissa also had an earful for body shamers and the like.

"People don't stop at size 12," Melissa said. "I feel like there's a big thing missing where you can't dress to your mood above a certain number. [Malls] segregate plus-size [women]. It's an odd thing that you can't go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. We'll put you gals over there because we don't want to see you and you probably don't want to be seen.

"There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country," she added. "I would love to be a part of breaking that down."

Like any good mom, Melissa is also raising her daughters to be polite, which has becoming increasingly difficult with technological advances.

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"I know it's not modern, but my voice mail says, 'Please don't leave a message,'" Melissa said. "I don't check email. I don't want to be that person who has their face buried in a screen. It makes me feel bad when people do it to me. I'm like, 'You literally have something in front of your face; I feel awkward talking to you.'"

Melissa can next be seen on the big screen in Spy, out June 5.

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