The word “plus-size” has been overheard in the media a lot lately. Last month, Glamour magazine called out Amy on the cover of their plus-size only issue — but the comedian insisted that she isn’t plus-size, and that calling her such sends the wrong message to young girls.
“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,” she wrote on Instagram. “Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size?”
Now, Amy’s BFF Jennifer Lawrence is speaking up about the topic too. J-Law is also referred to as plus-size at times, and the actress just finds it ridiculous (and may we repeat — ridiculous not because of the term “plus-size,” but because the term is being applied to Lawrence’s body, which sends a damaging message to women and men everywhere).
“There’s so many different ways to be beautiful; Amy and I are always laughing about it,” she said in an interview with Extra. “Everyone always talks about us like, ‘Look, plus-size actresses!’ Our idea of what is curvy is, like, so bizarre.”
Our society’s perception of “skinny” is getting thinner and thinner, but “plus-size” is not just a label we can attribute to girls that don’t wear size 0. In fact, many want to do away with the term “plus-size.” Modcloth recently removed the “plus-size” category from its website to be more inclusive for women of ALL beautiful sizes. While actress Melissa McCarthy, who has her own clothing line, just went ahead and abolished the word from her vernacular. “Seventy percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’ I find that very strange,” McCarthy says.
We can see why Jennifer Lawrence thinks it’s troubling that her body is being “labeled” as such.
“You can be a size zero, that’s cool. I’m going to stay at a size four and keep eating. So, I’m happy,” she told Glamour earlier this year. “I think feeling beautiful is the most important aspect to being beautiful.”
Amen, ladies. If you ever need a pal to eat pizza and drink wine with, we’re available!