Why Amy Schumer is Right About Not Wanting to be Called “Plus-Size”

Amy Schumer made fashion news back in April when she criticized Glamour for featuring her name on the cover of their plus-size issue. Schumer went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to say that women don’t need to be called plus size. She’s right and here’s why.

As I said, Schumer was all over fashion and celebrity news when she criticized Glamour for putting her name on the cover of their plus-size issue without her permission. Schumer posted a photo of the cover on Instagram (below) in which she says,

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. Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous.

Schumer later went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to further explain why she didn’t like being called plus-size.

Schumer sat down with Fallon and introduced herself to the audience saying, “for those of you who don’t know who I am, I’m a famous plus-size model.” Fallon then said he knew what she was talking about and asked her to explain.


Schumer then said,

I love Glamour magazine, honestly. They’ve been so nice to me. They’ve done so many great things for women. But what I learned is people really don’t like being categorized by ‘plus-size.’ We don’t need these labels. We don’t need them. It should just say what size you are, right? Why?

Here’s why.

Women don’t need to be called plus-size because this is the kind of language that should be used to describe a piece of clothing, not a person.

For example, no one goes around calling women “extra small” or “medium”. I have never heard anyone refer to Karli Kloss as one of the best medium-sized models in fashion. So, why call women plus-size?

Instead of calling women plus-size, fashion could call them “curvy”. That seems to be the most respectful way to describe women of a larger size, much in the way people call women of a smaller size “thin”.

That, or fashion could be a lot more inclusive and simply refer to them as women.

Regardless, Amy Schumer is right in not wanting to be called plus-size. Curvy women should not be referred to by their body type or the kind of clothing they would most likely wear. They should instead, just be referred to as women but if fashion must refer to women by their body type they can at least say “curvy”.

So, what do you think? Do you think Amy Schumer was right about not wanting to be called plus-size? Let me know in he comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to get new posts sent directly to your inbox and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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