Amy Schumer is never one to bite her tongue, and this time she’s coming for Glamour magazine. The publication put out an all-plus-size issue and included the comedian without her consent.
“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?” Schumer said on Instagram.
Other women included in the issue are Melissa McCarthy, who has a line of clothing that includes plus sizes, and Ashley Graham, who graces the cover and is arguably the world’s most celebrated plus size model.
Schumer then added a video of herself in a bikini with the caption: “Thanks for your thoughts to the people who didn’t tell me how I “should feel” Bottom line seems to be that these labels are unnecessary and reserved for women #muchlove”
Glamour’s editor-in-chief took to Twitter to defend the publication, tweeting: “We love Amy Schumer, & would never want to offend her. To be clear, @glamourmag special edition never called her plus-size…”
“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!)”
Cindi Leive went on to say that size six to eight is not plus size.
No one is clearly right or wrong, but there are lessons to be learned from this controversy. The use of labels needs to be done very carefully, and respectfully. Here at TheFeminismProject.com we struggle with the use of ‘plus-size.’ Last month we reported on how Ashley Graham thinks ‘plus-size’ is a dated term and that she just wants to be called a model. So is it wrong for publications to use the term? Or should we only use it for people who identify with the phrase? We agree segregating women based on their size is a problem, and perhaps instead of having a ‘plus-size issue’ Glamour and other magazines could start to include women of all sizes in every edition.
Do you identify with the term ‘plus-size’? Are there better terms we can be using? Let us know in the comments below.
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