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Don't call Amy Schumer plus size: 'These labels are unnecessary'

Want to call Amy Schumer plus size? "There's nothing wrong with being plus size," she says, but at least ask first — right after nailing down the actual definition of plus size.

"Beautiful healthy women," the "Trainwreck" star and Towson University alum said Tuesday on Instagram. However, she continued, "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?"

The cover of the "Chic at Any Size" special issue — a steal at $12.99?? — touts "267 Outfits, Ideas & Updates That Flatter Sizes 12 & Up." Fashionista reported that two issues a year are planned in partnership with Lane Bryant, a store where, ironically, sizes start at 14. And it's not exactly Glamour Glamour, Fashionista said, quoting a rep for the magazine who described the effort as "a curated and original editorial product presented by Lane Bryant."

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 photo posted by @amyschumer on

However it came together, someone dug into the Glamour archives to find interviews with women who fit a supposed plus-size bill: The cover shot is from last year, the fashion website said, and the book includes interviews with Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy from 2015, a 2014 chat with Lena Dunham and editorial content from 2011 "starring" Christina Hendricks.

In that 2015 interview, Schumer talked about getting her fashion act together with help from Leesa Evans, the "Trainwreck" costume designer. The comic, who is performing a standup show for the Towson University community on Sunday at the University's SECU Arena, also shared a bit about growing up with a booty.

"I remember feeling very beautiful and not even thinking about it," Schumer told Glamour. "In fifth grade, this boy, a friend, was like, 'You have a big butt.' That was the first time it occurred to me that people were shaped different. In sixth grade I had a new outfit — tight pants and a tight ribbed shirt — and [another boy] was like, 'Whoa, Big Bertha.' I was like, 'Oh, big, that's not good.'

"But then when I was a freshman, I heard the senior boys were coming to our volleyball games because they liked how I looked in booty shorts. So I got feedback on both ends of the spectrum. But I had good confidence."

On Instagram on Tuesday, Schumer asked people for their thoughts about her size being considered "plus," saying, "Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous."

A little while later, she posted video of herself in a bikini, flying a kite, with a thank you "to the people who didn't tell me how I 'should feel.'"

"Bottom line," Schumer wrote, "seems to be that these labels are unnecessary and reserved for women."

Thanks for your thoughts to the people who didn't tell me how I "should feel" Bottom line seems to be that these labels are unnecessary and reserved for women #muchlove

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Christie D'Zurilla

Christie D'Zurilla

Christie D’Zurilla covers breaking entertainment news. A graduate of USC, she joined the Los Angeles Times in 2003 as a copy editor and has more than 25 years of journalism experience in Southern California. As befits her beat, she has a high tolerance for inappropriate behavior.


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