Ashley Graham has been everywhere lately (in a Christian Louboutin campaign, in the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and in a Joe Jonas music video, just to name a few) and come August, she'll be on the cover of Cosmopolitan.
In an interview with the magazine, Graham, 28, talks about why she doesn't like the term plus-size, about being in a relationship with an abusive alcoholic (not now, but in the past), and about how she felt when Amy Schumer protested being added to a list of "inspiring" plus-size women (which also included Melissa McCartney, Adele, and Ashley Graham) featured on the cover of Glamour's "Chic At Any Size" issue in April.
Schumer, 35, obviously has nothing but admiration and respect for the women on the list, who do fall into the "plus-size" category (which in the U.S. is technically size 12 and up) but she took umbrage at being included in that list, because Schumer is actually a size 6 or 8. She wondered what implications there would be for a young girl to see someone her size and think that that's a "plus-size" body. The magazine admitted its error and apologized. Graham talked to Cosmo about her thoughts on the matter and why she found it a little hypocritical.
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.
Schumer responded quickly (via tweet) once word of the interview hit the streets (internet).
So there it is. Kind of a roundabout response, and not really addressing Graham's point, but it's a nice thing to say and at least she cared enough to say it. And in the end, both women are talented and gorgeous and that's what really matters, right?