Is Amy Schumer "Plus-Size"?

Amy Schumer

Comedian Amy Schumer isn't happy about being featured on Glamour magazine's plus-size issue. Schumer was listed on the cover, without her permission or knowledge, along with Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Ashley Graham. One concern is whether women Schumer's size are considered plus-size: does this give young girls a misperception about their own bodies? 

Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive appeared on Nightline and responded to the criticism: 

"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," she said, "but I'm confident that the message of the issue, which is there are great clothes out there for all of us, is one that will resonate with our readers."

"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."

Asked about the Twitter war with Schumer, Leive said, "No one can out tweet Amy."

Discussion Starters: 

  • What's your reaction to Schumer's perspective? 
  • Should Glamour have done anything differently in putting together this magazine issue? 
  • How well did Leive handle the situation?