Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive: ‘I Don’t Believe Amy Schumer Is Plus-Size’

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Cindi Leive.Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo

After Amy Schumer revealed Glamour put her in its special-edition plus-size issue without telling her beforehand, sparking a storm on Twitter, editor-in-chief Cindi Leive appeared on Nightline on Thursday night and addressed the controversy.

“I’m certainly sorry that she didn’t like being named on the cover, and I’m sorry that she wishes her piece hadn’t been included,” she said, “but I’m confident that the message of the issue, which is there are great clothes out there for all of us, is one that will resonate with our readers.”

Asked to comment on Schumer’s observation that young girls would see her in the issue (in which she was featured alongside Melissa McCarthy, Ashley Graham, and Adele) and have a distorted perception of “plus-size,” Leive continued:

I don’t believe that Amy Schumer is plus-size. That’s not a term that I love but it’s very clear that she’s not what people mean when they say plus-size. But that wasn’t the intent at all. The cover line says “Women Who Inspire Us,” and we felt the audience for this special edition would be inspired by her completely hilarious and constant, consistent message of body positivity.

When Schumer originally spoke out, she said she wears between a size 6 and 8. Glamour’s plus-size issue was aimed at women size 12 and up.