Should Size 8 Be Considered ‘Plus-Size?’

Miss CJ

Of course, this is all predicated on the idea that Amy Schumer is a size 8. I say this as someone who is nowhere near a size 8 and haven’t been since I was in fifth grade. And I am about the same size as Amy Schumer is. So, I call BS on her claim.

According to this, Amy Schumer is upset at Glamour for including her in their “Chic At Any Size” celebrity issue. She – along with Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Ashley Graham – were presented as positive examples of women who rock their not-stick-thin bodies in an industry that glamorized the super-skinny and makes fun of anyone bigger than a size 2 as being overweight.

Personally, I think it’s a great idea for a fashion magazine to point to examples of successful women in entertainment who have larger body types. It sets a nice precedent for women who do struggle with their weight and body image. And let’s not get STARTED on the pressure young girls feel when they see these magazines and think they need to look like supermodels. I hate that there are girls who believe that and who go to dangerous lengths to achieve the unachievable. I wish everyone could be comfortable in their own skin. Doesn’t matter if you’re size 0 or size 18 – if you’re healthy and happy, that’s all that matters.

But Amy Schumer, being Amy Schumer, has to ruin the whole thing by throwing a temper tantrum because she thinks Glamour basically called her “fat” (um… wasn’t Amy the one who posed naked for a calendar shoot because it was empowering? Wasn’t that supposed to be showing how comfortable she was in her own body, regardless of what other people thought of her?) Here’s part of her tirade –

She wrote on Instagram on Tuesday: ‘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.’

Amy Schumer? Size 8? SERIOUSLY?

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03:  Comedian Amy Schumer attends the GQ 20th Anniversary Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

If Amy Schumer’s a size 8, then I am Betty Boop. And since both of us are neither, she deserves the backlash.

This is just one more instance of Amy Schumer getting mad at someone else commenting on something that SHE HERSELF has made part of her image. She certainly wasn’t above using her weight to attack Taylor Swift’s thigh gap (still don’t understand THAT obsession), but when Glamour calls her “plus-size,” all of a sudden, she’s all “Oh no – I’m not that big at all – how DARE you call me that!”

Pick a lane, Amy. You can’t have it both ways. And while you’re at it, why not own your physical appearance? Anyone with a working set of eyes can tell what you look like. Whether I like it or not, women and girls everywhere are watching you and your reaction to being called “plus size.” If I were in high school now and saw someone like you freaking out about being “plus size,” I would think that there’s something wrong with it. Rather than go shopping for clothes that actually fit me, I would insist on wearing a size 8, even though there is no way on God’s green earth that I would fit comfortably – let alone look nice – in those clothes.

Size 8 is not plus size – we can all agree there. But Amy Schumer is not a size 8. She can get mad at Glamour for including her in their “Any Size” issue without asking permission, that’s one thing. But don’t get mad about it and lie in order to make yourself look better. That doesn’t help you or the actual plus-size girls who see you as a role model and start thinking there’s something wrong with them because they don’t wear a size 8.

Got a story you'd like to submit for possible publication by the Chicks? Submit your article to [email protected]