Amy Schumer is many things: an actress, a comedian, a writer, a feminist. But one label she doesn’t feel comfortable wearing is “plus-size,” and she took to Instagram on Tuesday to express her displeasure.
The Trainwreck star shared a photo taken of Glamour magazine’s “Chic at Any Size” issue, which includes her name alongside a number of famous women who are considered plus-size: Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and model Ashley Graham.
While all are powerful and beautiful women, they are, by industry standards, considered plus-size. That’s why Schumer—a size six or eight, according to her—wanted to set the record straight.
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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
Schumer has made a name for herself beyond her hit Comedy Central TV show, Inside Amy Schumer, with strong stances on feminism and healthy body image. She made a splash late last year when she shared a nude portrait of herself with the caption “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.” (It even inspired another woman to recreate the shot.)A Glamour spokesperson shared that they’re standing by their cover and insists they didn’t actually call her plus-size. The following statement was provided to the Daily Dot:
“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.”
Cindi Leive, the editor-in-chief of Glamour, later took to her own Twitter to clarify the controversy.
We love Amy Schumer, & would never want to offend her. To be clear, @glamourmag special edition never called her plus-size...— Cindi Leive (@cindi_leive) April 5, 2016
Her 2015 cover story was included in the edition, aimed at sizes 12 and up, with the coverline “Women who Inspire Us” bc…— Cindi Leive (@cindi_leive) April 5, 2016
…her longtime message of body positivity—& talking back to body haters—IS inspiring. (To me, too!)— Cindi Leive (@cindi_leive) April 5, 2016
Leive also clarified that Schumer was definitely not considered plus-size and apologized if that was implied.
Others, however, were not so pleased with Schumer’s strong reaction to be called plus-sized; mainly, they wondered why she was having a reaction at all.
Implying plus is somehow bad? Awesome. https://t.co/fOlcbwIIgW— Elizabeth Denton (@Elizabethann1) April 5, 2016
Whether or not Schumer is happy about her Glamour feature, there’s another comedian who would be happy to take her spot.