Comedian Amy Schumer is not happy with Glamour magazine following their body confidence special, where they highlighted model Ashley Graham and actress Melissa McCarthy. However, according to the Independent, Schumer is confused and upset that Glamour included her in that cover, seemingly indicating that she herself is plus-sized.
“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size,” Schumer wrote in an Instagram post, stating that she wished she had been consulted about the cover prior to it being published. “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.”
The Emmy-winning actress did receive some feedback on her post from actress/musician Carrie Brownstein, writer Roxane Gay, and reporter Kathryn Williams.
Glamour Magazine Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive responded with an apology to Amy Schumer in a series of tweets. Leive clarified that Schumer was not featured because they consider her plus-sized, but rather because the Trainwreck star has had a history of promoting body positivity — something that the Glamour team found to be inspirational. Amy Schumer herself is between a size six and a size eight. With Graham being a size 16 and McCarthy being a size 14, Schumer said impressionable young girls could be confused as to what constitutes as plus-size.
“We love Amy Schumer, & would never want to offend her,” Cindi tweeted. “To be clear, @glamourmag special edition never called her plus-size…Her 2015 cover story was included in the edition, aimed at sizes 12 and up, with the coverline ‘Women who Inspire Us’ bc……her longtime message of body positivity—& talking back to body haters—IS inspiring. (To me, too!). To be clear, size 6-8 is not plus. (Even size 12—frequent size of “plus” models—is smaller than average American woman!)…But women of all sizes can be inspired by one another’s words. So sorry if implication was otherwise, Amy.”
Amy Schumer spoke with Glamour in 2015, saying that while she never saw herself becoming a modern feminist icon, being a feminist is something that has just been completely natural to her. In regards to weight and body appearance, Amy detailed a story that made her realize that people were shaped differently. In the fifth grade, she was told that she had “a big butt” by one of her friends (a boy), and that was the first time she had been introduced to the concept of different body types. As she grew older, she would hear classmates referring to her body in a negative manner if she was wearing clothes that tightly hugged her figure and would later hear that some guys appreciated her shape after catching glimpses of her in booty shorts.
Schumer doesn’t feel that we should be getting our confidence from our appearance, but society has created standards for women to look a particular way. There are plenty of other celebrities who are not completely in love with the term “plus-size.”
Although she is often given the label, Ashley Graham has expressed some frustration with negative connotations that come with the term. Graham explained that people can think you have no work ethic or are overweight when the term “plus-size” is used. Graham has pretty much done away with any kind of labels for her body, and it looks like Amy Schumer has reached that point as well. Maybe this could explain her reaction to Glamour including her in the cover, as she assumed they were giving her the label of “plus-size.”
[Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival]