In case you missed it, model and designer Ashley Graham had some words for Amy Schumer about her thoughts on the plus size label. See, earlier this year, Schumer took issue with the fact that she was included in a special "plus size" issue of Glamour alongside the likes of Graham and other stars like Adele and Melissa McCarthy. "Young girls seeing my body type and thinking that is plus size? Not cool Glamour," the comedian, who's a size six, said on Instagram. (See more from Schumer in Refreshingly Honest Celebrity Body Confessions.)
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
In an interview for Cosmopolitan, Graham called Schumer out: "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 said.
The conversation between the two mega-stars reflect a much greater issue about the way we label different body types. Graham and Schumer (who have collectively scored covers in major magazines like Vogue, Cosmo, Elle, GQ, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Maxim and Sport's Illustrated, NBD) are living proof that as a society, we're getting better at labeling more than one type of shape as "beautiful." Even still, "plus size" is a loaded term that can carry a stigma. (Check out how we feel about labels in Would You Be Mad If Someone Called You 'Fat?'.)
Luckily, Graham and Schumer both totally get it. The stars took to Twitter to finish their conversation, showing the world the right (and respectful) way to have a disagreement.
I have the greatest respect for @amyschumer! So glad to be able to exchange thoughts, ideas & opinions w/ another incredible female force.
— Ashley Graham (@theashleygraham) July 7, 2016
Now that's how it's done.