Comedian and actress Amy Schumer took to Instagram on Tuesday to express her displeasure with Glamour's new "Chic At Any Size" issue — a plus-size fashion-focused special edition. It was released last week as part of an ongoing partnership with Lane Bryant, and includes a reprint of Schumer's August cover interview. (It isn't unusual for Condé Nast special issues to include previously published content.) The actress is touted on the cover as an inspiring woman, along with Melissa McCarthy, Adele and Ashley Graham.
Schumer wrote the following in the caption:
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
Indeed, plus-size lines generally start at size 14 — which is the starting size for Lane Bryant's Glamour collection — but size 12 is also often considered plus-size. In the modeling world, however, it starts at size 6. Glamour never explicitly calls Schumer plus-size in the issue, and even though Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive writes in the editor's letter that the fashion inspiration in the special edition comes from women sizes 12 to 22, the actual term "plus-size" is never used throughout.
When reached for comment, a representative for Glamour replied with the following statement:
"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."
Schumer and Glamour have shared a very friendly relationship up to this point: The magazine was the first fashion-focused title to feature her on the cover (Elle followed last year) and Schumer opened the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in November. "Thank you Glamour for putting me on the cover, even though I am a model," she said in her opening monologue. "I make fun of women's magazines a lot because its easy and it's fun... but Glamour's one of the good ones, fighting the good fight putting true leaders and badass bitches at the forefront of their pages."
UPDATE, 4/13: Schumer is really really not happy about this. The comedian appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday, where she immediately shamed Glamour on national television. "What I learned is that people don't like being classified as plus-size," she said. "We don't need these labels, we don't need them. It should just say what size you are." See the clip below: