Curvy model Ashley Graham landed a cover on Cosmopolitan’s August issue and took the opportunity to criticize Amy Schumer over her Instagram comments on what constitutes as plus size.
In April the comedian voiced her disdain at being featured in the plus-size Glamour issue with Ashley Graham, Melissa McCarthy and Adele.
She posted a photo of the magazine cover on her Instagram account and captioned it, “@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?”
Known for representing female empowerment and embracing unconventional beauty, Schumer’s post came as quite a shock to Graham.
“I can see both sides, but Amy talks about being a big girl in the industry. You thrive on being a big girl, but when you're grouped in with us, you’re not happy about it? That, to me, felt like a double standard,” Graham told Cosmopolitan.
Not that Graham likes to label herself as “plus-size” either, she told Cosmopolitan. According to the Sports Illustrated model, she’s “giving curvy women a seat at the table we’ve never been invited to before with high-end fashion people who have never considered us beautiful.”
Contrary to her previous Instagram post, Schumer says she has always regarded Graham as attractive. “I totally understand Ashley’s feelings. I don’t group myself in with her because she is unbelievably beautiful. Nothing but respect for her,” she tweeted on Thursday.
“You can’t have your cake & eat it. Well maybe in your case you can. I’m glad she called you out,” a Twitter user nastily replied to Schumer’s tweet.
Despite negative backlash to Schumer’s attempt to make amends with the model, Graham responded positively to her tweet and replied quickly. “I have the greatest respect for @amyschumer! So glad to be able to exchange thoughts, ideas & opinions w/another incredible female force.”
Schumer had the last word when she tweeted, “Rock on girl. I’m so grateful for you. You inspire me!!”
And with that, the power moguls reconciled the misunderstanding by embracing each other with some good ol’ fashioned female empowerment.