Ashley Graham Calls Out Amy Schumer for Not Wanting to be Labeled Plus-Size: 'You Thrive on Being a Big Girl'
By Jackie Willis
Ashley Graham is a little confused as to why Amy Schumer had such a problem with being grouped in with herself, Melissa McCarthy and Adele on the cover of Glamour's "Women Who Inspire Us" issue.
Back in April, the 35-year-old comedian expressed her disappointment with the magazine's cover. "I think there's nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women," Schumer Instagrammed along with a screen grab of the issue. "Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size six and an eight. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me."
Graham, who was featured on this particular Glamour cover, points out that Schumer frequently makes jokes in her stand-up routine about her size. "I can see both sides, but Amy talks about being a big girl in the industry," she says. "You thrive on being a big girl, but when you’re grouped in with us, you're not happy about it?"
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model adds, "That, to me, felt like a double standard.”
On Thursday afternoon, Schumer responded to Graham, tweeting: "I totally understand Ashley's feelings. I don't group myself in with her because she is unbelievably beautiful. Nothing but respect for her."
I totally understand Ashley's feelings. I don't group myself in with her because she is unbelievably beautiful. Nothing but respect for her
Graham admitted to ET in a May interview that she also is not a fan of the term plus-size. "I have a community of women who love to be called that, and there's a community of women who don't, and it's terrible that it’s a constant conversation," she confessed. "But at the end of the day, I'm a woman, I am a model and I'm happy exactly where I am."
In February, Schumer faced a bit of backlash when she posted a bikini pic of herself and compared it to Taylor Swift's "thigh gap" at the GRAMMYs. Like the comedian, Graham also brought attention to her thighs on Wednesday by sharing a swimsuit shot.
"Someone once told me my thighs were 'cellulite city,'" she wrote. "But I now realize these thighs tell a story of victory and courage. I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you. #beautybeyondsize #effyourbeautystandards."
When speaking with ET, Graham revealed how she feels about her image being photoshopped. "I believe in a little bit, but when you're reconstructing my body, when you're reshaping my hips and my thighs and you're taking certain cellulite away -- Hello! I talk about it! I got cellulite,” she exclaimed. “It's like, don't do that, because the customer realizes and the girl who follows me realizes it's just overdone. There is a tasteful way to do it."