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Amy Schumer Rejects the Plus-Size Label

by Tod Perry

April 13, 2016

Last week, Glamour magazine put actress-comedienne Amy Schumer in its plus-size issue, calling her one of the magazine’s “Women Who Inspire Us” alongside Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Ashley Graham. Although Glamour finds Schumer’s acceptance of her body “inspiring,” Schumer wasn’t happy that Glamour labels average-sized woman to be plus-size. 

“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women,” Schumer wrote on Instagram. “Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8.” She also believes when we categorize average body types as being abnormally large it sends a horrible message to women. “Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size,” she wrote on Instagram. 

via Instagram

Last night, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Schumer took an even stronger stance against the plus-size label. “I love Glamour magazine, honestly. They’ve been so nice to me. They’ve done so many great things for women. But what I learned is people really don’t like being categorized by ‘plus-size,’” she told Fallon. “We don’t need these labels. We don’t need them. It should just say what size you are, right? Why?” Schumer’s point may seem bold, but it’s really just a bit of common sense that’s taken far too long to be said. When the average woman’s dress size is a 12-14, why in the world would anyone label a 12 as plus-size?

 

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