Anyone who's been body-shamed can relate to Amy Schumer since she's dealt with plenty of unnecessary judgments about the way she looks. Perhaps that's why it comes as no surprise that the 35-year-old comedian is using her upcoming Netflix special to talk about her journey to self-love and acceptance—in true Amy Schumer fashion, of course.
"I'm what Hollywood calls 'very fat,'" she said on Amy Schumer: The Leather Special. "Before I did anything, somebody like explained to me, 'Just so you know, Amy, no pressure, but if you weigh over 140 pounds, it will hurt people's eyes," she recalls. "And I was like 'Okay.' I just bought it. I was like, 'Okay, I'm new to town. So I lost weight." (She's not the first celeb to be criticized for her curves, and she definitely won't be the last.)
But it just didn't work out for her. (After all, she's all about embracing her body as it is.)
"I look very stupid skinny," said Schumer. "My dumb head stays the same size but then my body, like, shrivels and just looks like a, like a Thanksgiving Day parade [balloon] of Tonya Harding. Nobody likes it. It's not cute on me."
Schumer lost the weight back in 2015 before her comedy Trainwreck hit the big screen. But when filming ended, she admits to gaining back every pound she'd lost, and that scared her.
"I got worried because it gets in your head—just everything on television and movies and magazines and the internet," she says. "All the women are just beautiful little skeletons with tits ... I'm like, 'Oh, my god! Are men still going to be attracted to me?' And that's when I remembered ... they don't care."
That revelation and a newfound sense of self helped Schumer learn to appreciate her body just as it is. "I feel very good in my own skin," she says. "I feel strong. I feel healthy. I do. I feel sexy." (We love the refreshingly honest celeb body talk.)
For years, Amy Schumer's body has been the topic of public conversation. Not too long ago, she was featured in an issue of Glamour dedicated to plus-size women, even though she's not technically plus-size. More recently, she was shamed for not being skinny enough to play Barbie in a new live-action remake. While these incidents speak to the continued need to push the body-positivity movement forward, it's truly inspirational to watch Schumer continue to stand up for what she believes, calling out society for its impossible standards of beauty.
Keep up the good work, Amy! You're definitely making a difference.