Amy Schumer Isn’t Plus Sized, Despite What Glamour’s Plus Sized Issue Thinks

Last week, Glamour announced that it was teaming up with Lane Bryant to publish a one-off plus sized issue, featuring the current face of plus sized women everywhere Ashley Graham, on the cover. The issue, for some reason, costs $12.99, which feels rude more than anything else, and will be sold on newsstands as well as at selected Lane Bryant stores.

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Amy Schumer is featured on the cover of this magazine, under a headline that screams “WOMEN WHO INSPIRE US” and sandwiched in between Adele, Ashley Graham and Melissa McCarthy. All inspiring women, all fine. Cool, cool. But, there’s one little thing that Glamour was probably hoping that no one would notice, because our brains are conditioned to understand that when it comes to famous women, there are only two categories: whippet-thin and everything else. Amy Schumer isn’t…actually plus-sized.

 

Bodies that defy easy categorization by a culture that demands it are problematic by virtue of their own existence. Existing as a woman whose body exists somewhere in the middle in Hollywood seems harder than living as either extreme. Without digging through the archives and putting Schumer’s body under a microscope, it’s fair to say that she is an average woman, size-wise. Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling, Rachel Bloom and countless other actresses of their size could happily walk into a Zara and find a pair of pants that fit — a dream for women who wear a size 16 and up with limited options.

Schumer’s right: putting a size 6-8 smack in the middle of a bunch of size 16s and crowing about how all those different bodies “inspire” perpetuates puzzling body standards that don’t make a lot of sense and further reinforce the garbage standards set forth by the media that the Glamour “special issue” is purporting to dismantle. “Plus size” as a name for anything is old fashioned and reductive. We’re slowly inching towards body acceptance, though the road is long and hard.

I appreciate the recent visibility of models like Graham, Naomi Shimada and my dream queen Nadia Aboulhosn because as a woman whose body more accurately reflects theirs, it feels good to see someone without a thigh gap wearing pom-pom shorts and a crop top and being praised for it. Body acceptance is an ongoing journey, but continuing to pigeonhole women into these categories and getting it wrong from the jump does more harm than anything else.