On a refreshing note, Glamour recently released a plus-size issue called “Chic at Any Size,” which is a nice change from the usual stick-thin models we see on newsstands. It hasn’t all gone well, though—the magazine is receiving serious backlash from comedian Amy Schumer after they included her in the issue.
Although the issue framed her in a positive manner by including her name under “The Women Who Inspire Us” on the front cover, Glamour never contacted Schumer about her inclusion. Schumer took to Instagram, talking about how she fluctuates between size 6 and 8, whereas plus size in America is considered size 16.
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
Cue damage control. Glamour Editor in Chief Cindi Leive took to Twitter went on Nightline to try to make peace with Amy Schumer, but also to defend the plus-size issue. On Twitter, Leive expressed Glamour‘s love for Schumer and explained that they chose her name on the cover because of her inspiring body-positivity messages. She also went on to point out that the issue never actually called her plus-size.
We love Amy Schumer, & would never want to offend her. To be clear, @glamourmag special edition never called her plus-size…
— Cindi Leive (@cindi_leive) April 5, 2016
During Leive’s Nightline interview, she explained that they included Schumer’s name and article because the issue was about spreading the message that there are great clothes for everyone. She didn’t intend for Schumer to be portrayed as plus-size in any way.
“The cover line says ‘Women Who Inspire Us,’ and we felt the audience for this special edition would be inspired by her completely hilarious and constant, consistent message of body positivity,” said Leive in the interview.
It’s great to see the magazine take a turn to emphasize body positivity—and plus-size or not, Glamour is right in saying Amy Schumer is a trailblazer in the body positivity movement.