“Plus-size is considered a size 16 in America,” she wrote. “I go between a size 6 and an 8…Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus-size?” The Trainwreck star accepted the magazine’s Trailblazer of the Year award in June 2015 with a viral speech and appeared on its cover the same year.
And while Glamour doesn’t use the phrase “plus-size” on its cover, it’s clear the magazine has its eye on a specific market. “We’ve been watching plus-size fashion evolve for quite some time, but the past 12 months have shown an exponential amount of growth,” associate fashion writer Lauren Chan told Women’s Wear Daily.
The term “plus-size” is controversial within the fashion community. Ashley Graham, the model who covers the special issue—and has also earned attention for her recent Sports Illustrated and Maxim covers—told TIME in September that she rolls her eyes when someone labels her a “plus-size” model.
Actress Melissa McCarthy, whose name appears on the cover alongside Schumer’s, has also denounced the term: “Women come in all sizes. Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.”
Schumer’s Tweet and Instagram post garnered swift reaction:
“I’m against the idea of a “plus-size-only” issue. Every issue should include a diverse range of sizes and color,” one Instagram follower wrote. “I think these people are idiots!” another wrote.
Schumer also retweeted various opinions on the topic.
“First off, we love Amy, and our readers do, too—which is why we featured her on the cover of Glamour last year. The cover line on this special edition—which is aimed at women size 12 and up—simply says ‘Women Who Inspire Us,’ since we believe her passionate and vocal message of body positivity IS inspiring, as is the message of the many other women, of all sizes, featured. The edition did not describe her as plus-size. We are sorry if we offended her in any way,” a Glamour spokesperson told TIME.
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