The cover features several tag lines about wearing fashion at any size, and includes one that caught the entertainer’s eye: “Women Who Inspire Us: Melissa McCarthy, Adele, Amy Schumer and Ashley Graham.” Inside the magazine is an intro and a Q&A with Schumer by Kim Caramele, along with a trove of photographs shot by Matt Irwin. The problem is that the Q&A is reused from an earlier Glamour issue. And the magazine didn’t let Schumer know she was going to be included in the “plus” category.
Schumer posted a photo of the cover line and wrote on her Instagram page: “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.”
WWD reached out to Glamour for comment on the incident.
A spokeswoman for the women’s glossy said: “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.”
The cover line next to the one listing Schumer with McCarthy, Adele and Graham — all of whom are plus-size — proclaims: “267 Outfits, Ideas and Updates That Flatter Sizes 12 and Up.” Sorry, Glamour — that’s still not Schumer.
Glamour’s Cindi Leive took to Twitter— a rare occurrence for the composed editor in chief—to try to blunt the impact of the story.
In a series of Tweets from her personal account, the editor wrote:
“We love Amy Schumer, & would never want to offend her. To be clear, @glamourmag special edition never called her plus-size…Her 2015 cover story was included in the edition, aimed at sizes 12 and up, with the coverline “Women who Inspire Us” bc…her longtime message of body positivity—& talking back to body haters—IS inspiring. (To me, too!) To be clear, size 6-8 is not plus. (Even size 12—frequent size of “plus” models—is smaller than average American woman!)… But women of all sizes can be inspired by one another’s words. So sorry if implication was otherwise, Amy.”