Amy Schumer has two words for Glamour magazine: “Not cool.” Schumer criticized the famous beauty magazine for naming her as an inspirational female in their “plus-size” bonus issue, which was published in collaboration with plus-size women’s clothing retailer Lane Bryant. Amy Schumer posted her thoughts on Instagram, writing that she was angry that she wasn’t consulted before she was included in the issue. Amy also wrote that while there is “nothing wrong” with being plus-size, she questioned how the magazine could call her that, considering she is between a size six and a size eight.
“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn’t feel right to me.”
Amy Schumer also took issue with the fact that young girls will see her body type labeled as “plus-size,” something the 34-year-old comedian says is no laughing matter.
“Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamorous.”
I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous
A representative for Glamour told People that Amy Schumer was included in the feature as an inspirational role model and that the magazine didn’t name her as plus-size. The Glamour rep also apologized for offending Schumer.
“First off, we love Amy, and our readers do too – which is why we featured her on the cover of Glamour last year. The cover line on this special edition – which is aimed at women size 12 and up – simply says ‘Women Who Inspire Us,’ since we believe her passionate and vocal message of body positivity IS inspiring, as is the message of the many other women, of all sizes, featured. The edition did not describe her as plus-size. We are sorry if we offended her in any way.”
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) July 7, 2015
Amy Schumer has had a long history with Glamour magazine. Not only was she a cover model for the magazine last year, but she won an award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards as well. In her speech, Schumer brought up her weight, saying she weighed about 160 pounds at the time. Amy also said she wasn’t going to apologize for who she is and said she “loves the skin I’m in.”
In addition to Amy Schumer, Glamour’s “Women Who Inspire Us” feature also named actress Melissa McCarthy, Sports Illustrated model Ashley Graham, and Grammy-winning singer Adele as inspirational plus-size women.
Ashley Graham has been especially vocal about the stigma surrounding the word “plus-size,” especially in the modeling industry. Earlier this year, she clashed with ’70s supermodel Cheryl Tiegs over her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover after Tiegs criticized the magazine for “glamorizing full figured women” by putting Graham on the cover.
Graham talked to Entertainment Tonight last summer about the stigmas of being referred to as a plus-size model, so she probably agrees with Amy Schumer about being included the new Glamour bonus magazine.
“The things that I don’t necessarily like about it is all the negative stigmatisms that go with the word plus size – you’re fat, you’re lazy, you have no drive, no determination, you’re constantly eating. Honey, I work out. I work out three days a week. I lift. I do barre. I do it all. It’s the stereotypes. That’s what I really don’t like. I am me. Take it or leave it.”
Take a look at the video below to see Amy Schumer talking about body image.
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