Amy Schumer opened up about her struggles with body image to NBC correspondent Maria Shriver for Friday’s episode of the Today show. The comedian has recently joined forces with Goodwill of Southern California to educate and inspire women through fashion, something that until recently, she wasn’t able to do.
“It’s an emotional thing,” she said. “It’s been a struggle for me my whole life, and especially just being in the entertainment industry. Standing on a stage in front of people, I can’t perform my best or be confident if I’m not sure – if I’m pulling at something [I’m wearing]. And sometimes I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, ‘I’m not gonna go do standup tonight.”
It wasn’t until she met stylist Leesa Evans on the set of Trainwreck that she started to feel more comfortable in clothing.
“My sister and I, we both have always dressed badly,” she said. “Leesa had given me this gift of showing me how to dress and feel good. And she didn’t have to do this, she just did. She shopped for my sister also, and seeing my little sister wearing a little blazer and a shirt and looking just like a strong, beautiful woman, it was…to see this person I care the most about being given those tools was really moving for me.”
Schumer says she now wants to give this opportunity to every woman, which is why she teamed up with Goodwill. This theme will also be a big part of her upcoming HBO special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo which airs Saturday night.
“The special is me saying, ‘okay I kind of got thrust into Hollywood and this was my experience with it,’ and a lot of it is about self-esteem. I feel like I kind of went underground, like I was doing a story on Hollywood. I’m coming out like, ‘Ok, here’s what’s going on: No one’s just naturally thin. Everyone’s starving,” Schumer said.
Schumer has been calling out Hollywood BS for a while now and her sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer gave her the opportunity to dissect double standards and sexism in entertainment. Some of her best sketches on sexism include 12 Angry Men and Lunch at O’Nutters.
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