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Body positivity

Amy Schumer criticizes Glamour over labeling women “plus size”

By WITW Staff on April 6, 2016

Comedian Amy Schumer took to Instagram to criticize Glamour’s latest “Chic at Any Size” special issue, where she was was listed on the cover alongside Melissa McCarthy, Adele and size-16 model and body activist Ashley Graham. “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,” she wrote in an Instagram post.  “Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous [sic]”

The editor-in-chief for the magazine, Cindi Leive, was quick to apologize to Schumer on Twitter, but also defended the decision: “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!),” she wrote. “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.”

In a later Instagram post, which showed the 34-year old comedian in a bikini, while goofing around on the beach with a kite, Schumer thanked all her supporters. “Thanks for your thoughts to the people who didn’t tell me how I “should feel” she wrote. “Bottom line seems to be that these labels are unnecessary and reserved for women #muchlove.” Schumer joins a host of other celebrities to criticize the term “plus size” and other unnecessary labeling of women’s body types – including Melissa McCarthy, Meghan Trainor and Tyra Banks.

Read the full story at People.