Amy Schumer at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. (Photo: Getty)
Most female celebs would consider being called an inspirational woman a major compliment. But Amy Schumer isn’t one of them. Well, contextually, anyway.
On the cover of Glamour’s new special edition plus-size fashion issue (created in collaboration with retailer Lane Bryant), Schumer’s name appears alongside Melissa McCarthy’s, Adele’s, and Ashley Graham’s under the heading “Women Who Inspire Us.” The problem? Schumer isn’t technically “plus size” — and she’s not OK with being considered as such.
The comedian and actress took to Instagram Tuesday morning to vent her frustration, clarifying that she definitely isn’t a plus-size person — not that there’s anything wrong with that!
The cover in question. (Photo: Glamour)
“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size,” Schumer wrote. “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.”
Back in June, Schumer openly discussed her body with People, saying, “It’s very therapeutic for me to be like, ‘Yes, I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird,’ and I like speaking to that.” And, coincidentally, it was at the 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Awards that Schumer announced her approximate weight (160 lbs) onstage. She’s also been very adamant about wearing a size 6 — whereas plus sizes traditionally begin around size 12 or 14.
So, is she correct in being offended? Or should she just learn to accept the compliment and move along? We’ve reached out to Glamour for comment and will update when we hear back.
A Glamour spokesperson released the following statement to Yahoo Style:
“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.”
Editor-in-chief Cindi Leive also weighed in, tweeting,
“We love Amy Schumer, & would never want to offend her. 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.”
Schumer has yet to respond. In the meantime, pull up a chair and grab a snack or two. We’ll let you know when she does.
Schumer has reacted on Twitter, calling for an end to “these unnecessary labels which seem to be reserved for women” — and including a video of her frolicking on the beach in a bikini.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts everyone except the people who told me what I “should feel” or what I “should have focused on” 🤓— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer)April 5, 2016
Bottom line seems to be we are done with these unnecessary labels which seem to be reserved for women. pic.twitter.com/VUnrgFseRl— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer)April 5, 2016