Latest dust-up in ‘plus size’ wars: Amy Schumer vs. Glamour

NEW YORK — Amy Schumer took to Instagram in a black bikini to — punctuate? — her feelings about being included in a special edition of Glamour aimed at celebrating “chic at any size.”

That’s exactly what the cover sings in a tagline accompanying a photo of Ashley Graham, who made her mark in modeling wearing lingerie for the issue’s partner, the Lane Bryant chain of stores aimed at the plus-size women’s market.

The content inside the special edition out this week amounts to repurposed stories from previous Glamours, including a cover shoot with Schumer, but it doesn’t reference her as plus size — only as one of several women “who inspire us,” along with Graham, Melissa McCarthy and Adele.

No matter. Schumer took to Twitter when the magazine was released Tuesday questioning as “odd” why she wasn’t told of her inclusion and declaring the “plus size” label unnecessary in general. Not that there’s anything wrong with being plus, she was quick to note.

“Plus size is considered size 16 in America,” she tweeted. “I go between a size 6 and an 8. … Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size?”

She went on to deem the magazine’s decision as “not cool glamour not glamourous.”

As social media dust-ups often go, Glamour’s editor in chief, Cindi Leive, had some tweets of her own. She noted the issue was aimed at sizes 12 and up and said she DOES find Schumer’s regular message of body positivity and talking back to body haters “inspiring,” as the cover indicates.

Leive said she agreed with Schumer that sizes 6 and 8 are not “plus size,” nor is size 12, the “frequent size of plus models” and a size smaller than the average American woman.

“We love Amy Schumer, & would never want to offend her,” she tweeted. “To be clear, @glamourmag special edition never called her plus-size…”

And then the apology: “But women of all sizes can be inspired by one another’s words. So sorry if implication was otherwise, Amy”

Schumer’s publicist said the actress and comic was not available Wednesday for further comment.

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