NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Amy Schumer was not pleased Tuesday with a Glamour Magazine article depicting her as an inspiration in their issue devoted to plus-sized women.
As CBS2’s Raegan Medgie reported, Schumer was not the only one who was upset.
In a recent limited edition, Glamour listed Schumer, Melissa McCarthy, singer Adele and model Ashley Graham as “Women who inspire us.”
“The cover line on this special edition–which is aimed at women size 12 and up–simply says “Women Who Inspire Us,”
“The edition did not describe her as plus-size. We are sorry if we offended her in any way.”
The comedian responded on Instagram Tuesday morning.
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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
“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women,” Schumer wrote. “Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. [Glamour Magazine] 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.”
CBS2’s Medgie hit the streets to find out what people thought about Schumer being described as “plus-size.”
“I don’t think that’s a great message, because it makes people think that the ideal person is like a 0, 2 and 4,” said Ella Hammer of Manhattan. “And that’s not idealistic. Amy Schumer is a great size.”
Diana Ahmad of Malaysia said she was concerned as a mother what image would be sent to her young daughter
She said she worried her daughter “will starve herself because she will want to be a size zero.”
Glamour Magazine responded with an apology.
“First off, we love Amy, and our readers do too–which is why we featured her on the cover of Glamour last year. The cover line on this special edition–which is aimed at women size 12 and up–simply says ‘Women Who Inspire Us,’ since we believe her passionate and vocal message of body positivity IS inspiring, as is the message of the many other women, of all sizes, featured,” a spokesperson said. “The edition did not describe her as plus-size. We are sorry if we offended her in any way.”
Schumer said in a follow-up Tweet that she felt it was “a little odd and unfair not to be told” that she was going to be listed.
With characteristic humor, Schumer seemed to put the matter behind her with a further Tweet.
“Bottom line seems to be we are done with these unnecessary labels which seem to be reserved for women,” Schumer Tweeted, with a video of her attempting to fly a kite on a beach.
Speaking near Central Park, another woman said size should not define anyone.
“I think I’m beautiful the no matter what size I am,” she said. “I’ve given birth to twins. I’ve had three children. And as far as I’m concerned, I’m gorgeous, and I’m a size 18.”
A local clinical psychiatrist who treats people with eating disorders said people should not let their weight define them.