Amy Schumer took to social media on Tuesday to call out Glamour magazine for featuring her in their “Chic at Any Size” issue.
The actress posted a message on Instagram saying, “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.”
The use of the phrase plus-size is the real controversial issue here, especially since Glamour never used those words in the issue. According to the Huffington Post, the introduction to the issue written by Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Lieve reads, “96 pages of super-chic ideas to help you hit it out of the fashion ballpark, morning and night — all courtesy of fashion experts, editors and stylish women sizes 12 to 22.”
The issue also features Adele, Melissa McCarthy and model Ashley Graham who was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The caption on the cover of the issue groups the lades as “women who inspire us.”
Glamour released a statement in response to Schumer’s criticism and re-enforced the point that they were not making a “plus-sized” issue. “First off, we love Amy, and our readers do too — which is why we featured her on the cover of ‘Glamour’ last year,” the statement reads. “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.”
Many people have spoken up in support of Schumer on her Instagram post and subsequent tweet asking for input. It seems most important to point out that the debate shouldn’t be over whether Schumer is plus-sized or not, but why does any woman need to be labeled by her size? GQ isn’t writing an issue specifically targeted for readers with a larger waistline.
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
by Megan Vick