Amy Schumer has a bone to pick with Glamour.
The magazine recently placed 28-year-old model Ashley Graham on the cover of its special plus-size issue. Melissa McCarthy, Adele and Schumer’s names are also mentioned on the cover under the banner of “women who inspire us.” It seems as though Glamour was praising all four women, but as Schumer pointed out in a new Instagram post, there might be a deeply rooted problem at play.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Schumer called out Glamour for not consulting with her before using her name in their plus-size issue. Her comments also shed light on the much-contested idea of who and what is (and is not) considered “plus-size.”
“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size,” Schumer wrote in the caption. “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”
The definition of plus-size varies, depending on who you’re talking to. Cosmopolitan notes that in the fashion industry, plus-size refers to sizes 8 and up, but in the “real world,” plus-size starts at size 16. Business Insider once reported that plus-size is sizes “14 to 34.” PLUS Model Mag defines plus-size as “an industry standard that applies to any women who is over a size 12.”
Schumer made it a point to say that though “there’s nothing wrong with being plus size,” she doesn’t actually consider herself plus-sized. She then asked her followers to weigh on the subject, which leads us to this question: What do you think?
We’re inclined to agree with Schumer. But as we know all too well, the word plus-size generates many different opinions. Tell us yours in the comments section below.
Amy Schumer was one of the honorees at VH1’s Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly event back in December. Relive her hilarious speech here.