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Amy Schumer Is on This Magazine's Plus-Size Cover and She's Pointing out Why That's 'Not Cool'

April 5th 2016

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

A magazine awkwardly referred Amy Schumer to the plus-size section, but she's not looking for plus-size clothes.

Glamour Magazine put the comedian in their plus-size-only issue but they didn't ask Schumer for permission and Schumer took issue with the plus label. The actress posted her displeasure on Instagram but also said that it's not just about her. It's about body image for young girls.

Glamour Magazine Amy Schumer plus-size controversy

"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."

The post has thousands of likes within hours and plenty of support in the comments section. Some Instagram users rejected body labels altogether and called for a boycott of fashion magazines. 

Comments on Amy Schumer's Instagram account.

Schumer is not the first to confront how young girls encounter messages on body image. ATTN: told you this week about a photography project aimed at showing mothers the dangers of critiquing their own bodies in front of their daughters. The photographer behind the series, Lacey Barrett wrote about her experience with her children on Instagram. "I fail to realize my pre-teen is staring at me from the open bathroom door," she said. "She is watching me, my body language, my facial expressions and judging me judge myself.

The Park Nicollet Melrose Center that specializes in eating disorder treatment says that about 53 percent of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their body image and it reaches 78 percent by the age of 17.

Although she doesn't approve of the label, Schumer is in good company in this plus-size issue. Ashley Graham, who is also featured in the special Glamour Magazine issue with Schumer, made history on the cover of Maxim last week. She was the first plus sized-model ever to be on the cover. 

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