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Comedian Amy Schumer has disputed Glamour's classification of her body as plus-size. Last week, the magazine launched an unprecedented sponsored content deal with Lane Bryant, which includes video and merchandizing components, as well as two special edition issues, the first of which dropped last week, dedicated to body positivity. In the first special edition, Glamour shouts out "women who inspire us" and names names: Melissa McCarthy, Adele, Ashley Graham, and, yes, Amy Schumer.
Schumer's primary concern is that including her in the issue scrambles the meaning of "plus size" since she's a 6 to 8. She writes, "I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America." Even though she doesn't fall in that range, Glamour "put me in [its] 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. 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
Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief, offered a statement in a series of five tweets.
Leive maintains that Glamour never called Schumer plus-size and explains that the comedian's 2015 cover story "was included in the edition, aimed at sizes 12 and up, with the coverline 'Women Who Inspire Us' because her longtime message of body positivity and talking back to body haters is inspiring. (To me, too!)"
Leive then agreed that size 6 to 8 is not plus-size and "even size 12 — frequent size of 'plus' models — is smaller than average American woman!" She wraps up the damage control with, "But women of all sizes can be inspired by one another's words. So sorry if implication was otherwise, Amy." A well-intentioned response to an altogether clumsy situation.