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Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive went on Nightline yesterday in full damage control mode. She was on hand to respond to Amy Schumer's criticism about being featured in the magazine's special plus-size edition.
It probably didn't help her case, though, that Nightline positioned the piece as "Glamour Magazine Editor on Twitter War With Amy Schumer."
Here's a recap in case you missed it: Glamour repurposed a previous Amy Schumer article and included her name on a plus-size special edition cover along with Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Ashley Graham under the tagline "Women Who Inspire Us."
Amy then wrote on Instagram:
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?
In the Nightline interview, Leive started out with a semi-apology to Amy. "I’m certainly sorry that she didn’t like being named on the cover and I’m sorry that she wishes her piece hadn’t been included but I’m confident that the message of the issue, which is that there are great clothes out there for all of us, is one that will resonate with all of our readers," she said.
Then Leive explained the thinking behind Glamour's original intent in including Amy:
I don't believe that Amy Schumer is plus-size. That's not a term that I love but it's very clear that she's not what people mean when they say plus-size. But that wasn't the intent at all. The cover line says "Women Who Inspire Us," and we felt the audience for this special edition would be inspired by her completely hilarious and constant, consistent message of body positivity.