Amy Schumer Gets Emotional Talking About Body Image: 'It's Been a Struggle for Me My Whole Life'

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The comedian is serious about looking and feeling confident

Amy Schumer doesn't just want to make people laugh, she wants them to feel good about themselves too.

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The Trainwreck star is known for poking fun at her body image, but in an interview with Maria Shriver on Friday’s Today, she wants to make it known that she is serious about the issue.

"It's been a struggle for me my whole life -- especially in the entertainment industry, standing on stage of front of people," she said. "I can't perform my best or be confident if I'm not sure and if I'm pulling at something [I'm wearing]. Sometimes I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, 'I'm not going to do stand-up tonight.'"

Schumer credited stylist Leesa Evans with helping her and her sister, Kim Caramele, become confident in their looks, and even getting teary-eyed.
"My sister and I, we both have always dressed badly," Schumer continued. "Leesa had given me this gift of showing me how to dress and feel good. And she didn't have to do this, she just did. She shopped for my sister also, and seeing my little sister wearing a little blazer and a shirt and looking just like a strong, beautiful woman, it was… to see this person I care the most about being given those tools was really moving for me."

This is definitely the year of Amy Schumer. Trainwreck was a box office success, she won an Emmy for her show Inside Amy Schumer, she received stellar reviews for being a first-time host of Saturday Night Live and has a highly anticipated comedy special on HBO airing on Sunday.

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This isn't the first time the 34-year-old has brought awareness to socially relevant issues. When she learned of a shooting at a theater during a screening of Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana, she immediately took action with her cousin, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, to present a proposal that included stricter background checks for all gun purchases as well as better funding for federal Substance Abuse and Mental Heallth Services Administration. Watch the video below to see her emotional response.