(And if you believe what Wikipedia has to say, she's named after Mork & Mindy!)
Anyway, Mindy Kaling is a great role model. Why because Mindy likes Mindy. If you watch The Mindy Project and have seen Kaling in other areas of life, she makes fun of herself - but in a confident way. It's not self deprecating, which is a trap so many of us fall into - it's done from a positive place. She's strong, she's tough, she's not afraid of her success, and she's happy to be who she is. She views herself as a role model, not just for young Indian girls, but in an all around sense.
"I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?' I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting," the Office vet admits. "Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you're worth anything?'"
Mindy's got a great point. We're told we have to fit a particular mold to be confident. We need to fit a particular appearance, have a certain amount of body fat, etc., and if we don't, we should lack confidence until we get there.
Per a Bustle article:
Famous women who aren't model-thin or beautiful by conventional Hollywood norms are given an extra third degree by the press, relentlessly questioned over "the reason" for of their confidence or "the development" of their self-worth. Women like Kaling and Lena Dunham, a fellow talented female who happens to be a few dress sizes bigger than most TV actors, get asked more frequently about their body weight than their accomplishments.So, Mindy, you may have to explain yourself and why you can be awesome even outside of Hollywood's cookie cutter image, but you're making it so future people don't have to. And you acknowledge that as a public figure, you're a role model and should set a positive example. So, Mindy Kaling, you rock!