Amy Schumer isn't happy about being included in Glamour's plus-size edition.


​Glamour recently released a special edition: a 96-page magazine targeted to women size 12 and up.

According to Fashionista, the $12.99 copy was created as part of a long-term, multi-part partnership with plus-size retailer Lane Bryant. 

While some were celebrating the magazine, someone wasn’t so happy. 

Actress Amy Schumer wasn’t thrilled about her name appearing on the cover.

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She posted a photo of the portion of the cover that included her name and shared her thoughts on Instagram: 

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

She also tweeted the Instagram post, generating additional conversation. 

Schumer’s point wasn’t that there’s something wrong with being plus-size.

Instead, she was bothered that a size 6 to 8, which is what she said she fluctuates between, could be viewed at plus-size.

“Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size?” she asked. 

The 34-year-old actress has been outspoken about having a body type that’s not exactly “standard” for Hollywood — and being perfectly comfortable with that. Last year at Glamour UK’s Women of the Year ceremony, she proudly took the stage and announced that she probably weighed about 160 pounds. “I’m not going to apologize for who I am, and I’m going to actually love the skin that I’m in,” she said. “And I’m not going to be striving for some other version of myself.”

Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive took to Twitter to respond to Schumer’s concerns.

​While Leive’s point was that women of all sizes can be inspired by Schumer’s words and body positivity, it is easy to see how people — including Schumer herself — interpreted the headline differently.

Actress Melissa McCarthy, singer Adele, and model Ashely Graham, the other women included in the headline, are plus-size, so seems fair that Schumer concluded that Glamour was suggesting she is, too. 

And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being plus-size, the messaging women constantly receive from the media — sometimes overt, sometimes subtle — about our size and appearance matters. It’s easy to see how Schumer felt that this particular message was that a size 6 or 8 is “plus-size.” And if that’s the case, “standard” sizes are getting pretty darn limited. 

The incident brings to light some much warranted discussion about whether it’s even necessary to create a divide between “regular” sizes and “plus sizes.”

After all, the average American woman wears a size 14 or 16. Six months ago, clothing retailer ModCloth announced it was ditching the plus-size label, telling Upworthy “The shopping experience should be defined by types of clothing, and not by types of bodies.” 

Actress Carrie Brownstein replied to Schumer’s tweet, calling out her concern that the issue exists in the first place: 

Conversely, others find it important that we’re finally giving attention and space to women of all sizes in an industry that for decades has idealized a very particular body type. Models like Tess Holliday have gained popularity (and modeling contracts!) for their pushback against the fashion and beauty industry.  

Schumer’s final thought on the matter pretty much sums up the crux of the issue:

Here’s to hoping that one day, women will not be categorized based on their looks and sizes. 



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