Amy Schumer graces the cover of Glamour magazine and opens up about her weight and body image, sexism in comedy and Hollywood, how she feels about being considered a feminist icon, and much more in a characteristically candid interview.
The 34-year-old star of the eponymous ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ on Comedy Central has hit critical mass and is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s major stars. She makes her debut in a leading role in a feature film with ‘Trainwreck,’ which she also wrote.
Amy Schumer has also been drawing notice for her acceptance speech for the Trailblazer of the Year Award at the Glamour Women of the Year awards. The video (which you can see below) went viral as the comedy star profanely declared denounced sexism in Hollywood and declared her right — and ever woman’s right — to be just as she is, all 160 pounds, and not have any trouble getting a man. She said just that but with unprintable language.
Now in her Glamour magazine interview, she’s reiterating all of that and much more as she opened up about her weight. She said, “I’m proud of what I said.” She continued, saying, “I think it’s good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love.”
She went on to point out the double standard that women suffer under. She said, “”For women, we’re taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don’t look like everyone else, then you’re unlovable. And men are not trained that way. Men can look like whatever and still date a supermodel.”
Asked how she feels about being considered a “feminist icon,” Amy Schumer said, “It was very unexpected. I don’t try to be feminist. I just am. It’s innately inside me. I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me.”
She reflected upon growing up and how she first became aware of body image and body issues. She said, “I remember feeling very beautiful and not even thinking about it.” She wen ton to note that when she was in fifth grade a boy told her she had “a big butt.” She said of the experience, “That was the first time it occurred to me that people were shaped different.”
She went on recount other experiences. She said, “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.” Continuing, she added, “So I got feedback on both ends of the spectrum. But I had good confidence.”
As for the movie ‘Trainwreck,’ which was directed by Judd Apatow, the fanfare and anticipation is massive. There’s the edgy subject matter — she portrays a woman named “Amy” who is a serial dater who avoids commitment. While normal for a man it’s somehow eyebrow-raising for a woman. And not only does it feature SNL alum Bill Hader as a romantic lead for the first time ever, but the movie also marks the screen debut of NBA superstar LeBron James.
You can see Amy Schumer’s Glamour cover below, see more of the interview here.
— Glamour (@glamourmag) July 7, 2015