At the start of this year, Amy Schumer was relatively unknown outside of the US; now, you can’t open a web browser without seeing the comedian and actress’ face and antics on screen.
In a new interview with Glamour magazine, the 34-year-old exhibits the candid humour we know and love her for — but it turns out she’s also full of wise advice for women about confidence, sex, body image, and speaking up.
“Appearance has so little to do with where we should get our confidence from. But everywhere we turn we’re told we’re supposed to look this certain way,” Schumer tells writer Kim Caramele, who also happens to be her sister.
“I have looked at myself in the mirror and thought, ‘This is how you look. Embrace that and move on’ … confidence has nothing to do with how you look. I feel happiest when I’m with friends and I’m working really hard.” (Post continues after gallery.)
Amy Schumer is clearly a self-assured woman who isn’t afraid to take the piss and tell the world what she really thinks. However, her candidness and honesty — which is something of an anomaly in Hollywood — has come at a price, and it’s one any woman who has dared to publicly share an opinion can probably relate to.
“I have gotten death threats—that was scary. But it just made me want to use my voice more … I want to empower [women] to use their voice and not apologise,” the Trainwreck star says.
Schumer has been making headlines for various reasons this year — not all of them positive — but the time she talked about dicks during an acceptance speech has to be a highlight. “I’m probably like 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a dick whenever I want,” the comedian told the Glamour U.K. Women of the Year Awards audience.
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Unsurprisingly, that comment caused quite a stir at the time — and prompted one [male] Youtube user to respond with, “If a man talked about catching pussy, the media would be calling him a chauvinistic pig.”
Schumer says while that comment is accurate, there’s a “major difference” in the societal attitudes surrounding men and women where sex is concerned.
“For women, we’re taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don’t look like everyone else, then you’re unlovable. And men are not trained that way,” she explains, prompting women everywhere to high-five their computer screens.
“Men can look like whatever and still date a supermodel. I’m proud of what I said. I think it’s good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love. And to catch the old D. And to not apologise.”
Yes, Amy. YES.
Schumer was also asked about the moments that shaped how she feels about her looks, and she recalled receiving "feedback on both ends of the spectrum" throughout her younger, developing years.
"In sixth grade I had a new outfit—tight pants and a tight ribbed shirt—and [another boy] was like, 'Whoa, Big Bertha.' I was like, 'Oh, big, that’s not good.' But then when I was a freshman, I heard the senior boys were coming to our volleyball games because they liked how I looked in booty shorts," she recalls.
"I remember feeling very beautiful and not even thinking about it. In fifth grade, this boy, a friend, was like, “You have a big butt.” That was the first time it occurred to me that people were shaped different ... But I had good confidence," she recalls.
Do any of Schumer's comments ring true for you?