6 Reasons Why Mindy Kaling Is An Absolute Boss

Mindy Kaling is the BFF we never had. Fact. Fans of her comedy series The Mindy Project find comfort in her hilarious and frank depiction of a young woman finding her feet in the world [and also make us feel a little less guilty about our own acute narcissism].

And now the writer, actress, author and all round fabulous being has just brought out her second book Why Not Me?– a collection of essays – from being seduced and dumped by female friends to tongue-in-cheek guides to being glam [FYI it’s amazing].

To celebrate the highly-anticipated release, here are six reasons is our ultimate girl-crush right now…

1. She Blasts Body Haters In The Best.Way.Ever.

“Insults about the way I look can’t be the thing that harms me and my heart the most. It has to harm me the least,” she says. “If someone told me that I had a gross body, I’d say ‘Well it’s bringing me a lot of happiness.’ Like, I’m having a fine time of it. Having my priorities aligned like that has helped me have a happier life.”

2. Being Probably The Only Person In Hollywood To Open About About THIS…

“Obviously onscreen sex is not actual penetrative sex, but, as any religious high schooler will tell you, simulating sex can be pretty damn enjoyable as well,” she writes. “People already think acting is the world’s easiest and most frivolous job, so we all have this tacit agreement to keep our traps shut about the world’s best job perk.”

Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project


3. She Appreciates The Small Things In Life…

“Oh shit, guys, I’m so excited, no one I saw today will I see tomorrow so I can wear the same outfit again.”

4. On Having Career Fears Like Everyone Else…

“When I was a writer on season 1 of The Office[the US version] I probably slept an average of three hours a night because I was worried about being fired.”

Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling looking stunning in a printed summer dress


5. She’s Happy Being Independent…

“I don’t need marriage,” she clarifies. “I don’t need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires. I can take care of them myself now.”

6. Her Advice On Being More Confident…

“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents.”

‘Why Not Me?’ by Mindy Kaling, £12.99, published by Ebury,  is out now

By Emma Firth