On Instagram today, Amy Schumer complained about her inclusion in Glamour’s plus-size issue without her permission or foreknowledge:
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
Well, Amy, at a size 8, you would be considered plus size in the modeling industry, even though plus-size retail clothing begins at a size 12/14. It’s ok to be confused. The term “plus size” means different things to different people, even within the fashion industry.
The real problem is not the system of sizing that classifies a group as “plus” but that the term, itself, is loaded with huge cultural significance and plagued by the stigma of fat. As Natalie Abruzzo writes at The Sixty-Six Percent:
It is the designation of the term “plus-size” to mean “fat” with which society has trouble swallowing. The word “fat” is not inherently bad either. Fat has been construed as bad by society because public health deems it so. We have a lot of work to do to underscore the importance of stigma and taking away this social construction that has permeated our culture globally so that young girls and women of all ages can free themselves from the prison that keeps telling them they aren’t good enough the way they are.
I couldn’t agree more. Looks like someone read my book, Fashioning Fat!