When Glamour Magazine announced their special edition curvy girl magazine, we had our doubts since curvy models should just be folded into Glamour’s monthly magazine, and they’re charging $13 per issue, double the price of a standard issue magazine.
They highlighted women that inspired the publication listing Melissa McCarthy, Adele, Ashley Graham and Amy Schumer. And people definitely weren’t happy with Amy Schumer being lumped into the group as a plus size celebrity. For one, it’s a magazine categorizing women into the label of “any size,” a.k.a. “plus,” especially when women have come out publicly time and time again and said they prefer to be called a different term.
Ashley Graham has had to defend her size countless times, and every single time Melissa McCarthy talks about her clothing line or a new movie she is promoting, she has to answer questions about her weight and by now, enough is enough.
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
On page 50 of the issue, there’s a feature on Amy Schumer that’s written by her sister, which according to Schumer, was put in the “at any size,” issue without her permission. She took to Instagram to confront the matter saying, “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. Glamour Magazine 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.”
Whether you think of her as curvy or not, a size 6 and 8 isn’t in the “plus-size” section of stores. It sends the wrong message to young girls and feels like there is no room to just be curvy in any way, shape or form. They’re basically saying that you have to be super slim or you’re all the way in the “plus size” section, which just isn’t true for the majority of women.
This goes to show that the fashion industry is dangerously out of touch because magazines are used to models and women they feature in the magazine fitting into runway samples, wearing a double zero or a size two at maximum. There are so many curvy women who deserve to be featured, and really do speak for women who wear larger sizes, so this is particularly disappointing.