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Elise Jost

Witty comedian Amy Schumer isn't one to let herself be taken down by body-shaming comments, slamming critics with brilliant spoofs such as her "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup" Comedy Central spot.

So her down-to-earth, "wake-up-people" take on body image issues is probably what led Glamour to feature her name on the cover of their plus-size special edition, but Schumer was not so happy to be associated with the term "plus-size." Taking to Instagram and later to Twitter, she shared her uneasiness with the cover and promptly got an explanation from Glamour US' editor-in-chief.

'It Doesn't Feel Right To Me'

Schumer first posted a picture of the cover title including her name on Instagram, captioning the post with a reminder that plus-size starts at a size 16, while she's a size 6-8:

"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? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous"
"Not cool, Glamour"
"Not cool, Glamour"

Also, why didn't they just let her know?

She later took to Twitter, sparking a conversation about the good and the bad of the term plus-size: as pointed out by Jamie Feldman, the fact that Glamour has to publish a "special" issue to be able to showcase clothes that aren't worn by the usual standard of skinny models might just be the problem.

Ashley Graham is the first "plus-size" model to have been featured on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated'/ Instagram @theashleygraham
Ashley Graham is the first "plus-size" model to have been featured on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated'/ Instagram @theashleygraham

She also added that Melissa McCarthy, Adele, Ashley Graham and Amy Schumer, who are all featured under the headline "Women Who Inspire Us," shouldn't be characterised by their size rather than their talent.

'We Love Amy Schumer, & Would Never Want To Offend Her'

Schumer's reaction got a response from Cindi Leive, the editor-in-chief of Glamour US, who clarified that the magazine never meant to label Schumer "plus-size." Apologizing for the misinterpreted implication, Leive explained that they included Schumer because "women of all sizes can be inspired by one another's words."

Hugs all round? For some, if Glamour acknowledges that a size 12 is below the size of the average American woman, it'd be nice to have more realistic models in general, and not just in the occasional special issue.

Do you think Glamour's cover is inspiring, or do you think the term "plus-size" has been used too often to label women above a size 2?


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