Glamour magazine is publishing its first plus-size focused special issue, which is aimed at women size 12 and up and features a bunch of models and celebrities, like Melissa McCarthy, Adele, and Amy Schumer, who, for one, is pissed to be included in the issue. On Instagram, she writes:
“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.”
A representative at Glamour responded:
“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.”
Some people argue that there doesn’t need to be a special plus-size issue in the first place. Others agree that Amy, who isn’t plus-size, shouldn’t have been so prominently featured. And many, especially on Twitter, think Amy is being an ingrate. And, still others (like someone on my FB list), are commenting that “there’s no way Amy Schumer is a size 6,” which I’m not sure should be part of the conversation at all, except that the conversation IS about size, isn’t it? And it’s specifically about women “size 12 and up,” which invites speculation about a woman’s size, especially if she’s labeled by mainstream media as “plus-size.” Which brings us back to the first point: Is it more harmful than helpful to dedicate a special issue of a popular women’s magazine to plus sizes? And what about that term “plus size”? Whose benefit is it for if it ends up alienating people and making them defensive?
Schumer now joins the many other models and celebrities who are calling for an end to the term, including Ashley Graham, who modeled for the cover, and Melissa McCarthy, who was included in the roundup with Schumer, among others.
“I’ve always hated the word ‘plus-size.’ It bugs me,” Meghan Trainor previously told Elle. “Everything Melissa [McCarthy] said is completely accurate. [They’re] a big part of our society, women who are size 14, and how are you going to criticize us? The word ‘plus-sized’ should be gone.”
“I don’t like the label ‘plus-size’ – I call it ‘fiercely real,’ Tyra Banks told HuffPost Style. “I don’t want to use the term ‘plus-size,’ because, to me, what the hell is that? It just doesn’t have a positive connotation to it. I tend to not use it.”
What are your thoughts?