Mindy Kaling’s ‘Wreath Witherspoon’ Takes Social Media by Storm

12/15/2014 at 05:59 PM ET

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In just a few moments during last week’s The Mindy Project Christmas episode, Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling) launched a social-media phenomenon that wrapped Christmas, celebrities and crafting into one hysterical package: The Wreath Witherspoon.

The back story: Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina) is decorating his Christmas tree when Lahiri, his pop culture-obsessed girlfriend, gets angry at him for removing her “Rihanna Christmas tree topper.” Castellano, a fairly buttoned-up Catholic, responds, “A Christmas tree is no place for exposed breasts, you’re lucky I let you put up that wreath.” After the camera pans to a wreath covered with photos of Reese Witherspoon, Lahiri says, “Wreath Witherspoon? This is the nicest thing in your apartment.”

Kaling’s fans set about creating their own homages to the Wild actress. And so the #WreathWitherspoon hash tag was born — along with photos, of course.

Kaling created a montage of several (below), which Witherspoon reposted with her approval: “Ha ha, love it!”

The many variations of a #WreathWitherspoon (Regram @MindyKaling)…. hahah….Love it!!!

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Who knows? Maybe the exchange will spark Witherspoon joining the ranks of stars like Shonda Rhimes, Nicey Nash and Chloë Sevigny with her very own Mindy Project appearance.

Check out some more homespun Reese-rific art, below (including one with Aretha Franklin!), and tell us: Which celebrity-spotted wreath would you most like to see?

Apparently my new Christmas decorations aren't as hilarious as I thought they were lol #WreathWitherspoon #AwreathaFranklin

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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BellatrixMcDougall on

Mindy Kaling is my hero.

bill on

Who would want pictures of a pampered, spoil brat on their door?

Elle on

Too funny! Laughed out loud when I saw that part in the episode. Mindy Kaling is a genious!

Tom H. on

Usually this is what psychologists call a parasocial relationship (celebrity obsession). I’m just glad it’s a woman doing this and not a guy–that would be scary.

KatieAnn on

Seriously? I hope they also took the time to make a beautiful wreath using photos of a loved one, a departed one, a pet or a family member. Man or woman, that kind of obsession is creepy

be me on

Mob mentality at its best!

Jessica on


Bree on

LMAO That is SO awesome! I love both these women 🙂 Happy Holidays Everyone!

Ala on

The ones taking this overly seriously need to tamp it down a bit. It was a joke on a comedy show. Calm down. People who watch it know that Mindy’s a celebrity-crazed OBGYN. Even Reese Witherspoon watches her show and laughed. Geez.

Claudio Baris on

Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still worthwhile!


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