Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sarah Caden: No Glamour for Amy in plus-size plaudits

Why was Amy Schumer piqued by praise for her weight, asks Sarah Caden

Amy Schumer. Photo: Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images
Amy Schumer. Photo: Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images

Sarah Caden

If US Glamour magazine had included comedian and actress Amy Schumer in a special edition of the nation's most gorgeous women, would she have complained? Would she have complained that the magazine hadn't asked her permission? Would she have pointed out that she's not gorgeous at all? Probably not. But when Glamour included her in a plus-size special edition last week, listing her as one of the "women who inspire us", alongside the likes of Adele and Melissa McCarthy, Schumer took exception.

"I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size," Schumer wrote on Instagram. "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 glamorous."

Later, Schumer posted a video of herself running down a beach in her bikini, thanking those who had supported her reaction to Glamour. "Bottom line seems to be that these labels are unnecessary and reserved for women #muchlove," she wrote beneath the clip.

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