Mindy Kaling is known for her hilarious quips, and no one is safe when this funny lady gets on stage—including herself! The actress presented the award for Outstanding Period Television series at the Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night and brought her classic Mindy charm on stage.
“I’m so honored and surprised to be here accepting the Lacoste Spotlight Award for being a style icon in the costume design community,” she joked. “Okay, Cate Blanchett is getting that award. What am I getting? I’m being honored by Pillsbury Award for Best Muffin Top.”
In all seriousness, Kaling has a point. “Costume Designers Guild, how afraid of boobs are you? Sorry you can’t shave cheese on my clavicle. And yes, I’ve tried to do that,” she said.
The star went on to introduce The Mindy Project costume designer Salvador Perez with a hilarious anecdote. “Words of wisdom from Sal: ‘Comfort is weakness entering your body. Any heel under three inches is basically an orthopedic walking shoe.' And finally, the wisest words he’s ever said to me, ‘Mindy, please don’t eat a sloppy joe in your costume.’”
While Kaling is quick to self-deprecate, Perez has a different story to tell. The designer told InStyle that the star is extraordinarily easy to work with. “It’s a collaboration. She loves it as much as I do, so she gives me the time and energy to make it look great,” he said. “The fact that she loves it so much makes it so much easier.”
Perez dressed the actress for last night's awards show in a bright coral gown with crystals, telling us that “the sister dress to it will be worn to the Oscars on Sunday.”
And as InStyle loves to know the truth about stars in shapewear, we have the lowdown on what Kaling was really wearing under that gown—courtesy of her own Instagram account. The star posted a photo before the event, applying deodorant in a corset and Spanx.
“Awards show prep. America’s sweetheart,” she captioned the photo. With this down-to-earth realness, she truly is the winner in our hearts.
—With reporting by Scott Huver