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Sometimes it seems like Instagram exists to make us feel bad about ourselves. Scrolling through other people’s perfectly curated feed full of snaps featuring their flawless hair/homes/wardrobes/meals/fitness routines can be a bit of a downer on a day when we’ve accidentally worn an inside-out sweater to work or double-clicked on an ex’s photo during an especially intense deep-dive.

Not so with Amy Schumer’s Instagram page. In keeping with her on-screen persona, the actress-comic shares the real life messiness of her life, and women’s lives in general, while celebrating how awesome she is in spite and because of her hilariously relatable imperfection.

We’re marking Schumer’s birthday month with an ode to all the times she made things so much better by being honest, bold and real online.

Amy Schumer's Instagram is a gift to us all

The time she told off the trolls for trying to shame Emily Ratajkowski for protesting the Cavanaugh hearings while not wearing a bra on a 30+ degree day. Telling women what to wear: NOT OK.

 

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Home safe and sound with my little honey baby. People are trolling @emrata for not wearing a bra while she got arrested. Well for starters I wasn’t wearing a bra either. In the “what to wear when being detained for 4 hours on an 87 degree day after a 2 hour march” handbook. Bras aren’t recommended. Emily sacrificed herself fighting to protect women’s rights to choose what they do with their own bodies. How about we show her the same courtesy and direct some of that toxic energy to the people who deserve it. Your comments are synonymous with saying what a woman wears insights bad behavior. Have you written three furious tweets to, I don’t know maybe, someone who sexually assaulted someone? I’m gonna guess no. You reserve your rage for the victims or a beautiful woman you’re threatened by. Anyone writing “innocent until proven guilty” didn’t watch the hearings. No they wasn’t a trial. But if you actually listened to Dr. Ford and then listened to Kavanaugh you would have no doubt. That’s why it’s called a hearing. So you can hear. But you didn’t. You put on Fox News which is sheer fiction and made up your mind. She remembers it was him. He was clearly in a blackout. People saying you’re “worried for your sons” worry for your daughters who have a 1 in 3 change of being sexually assaulted. Your sons have a 4 in 100 chance of being falsely accused. Please read those numbers again. And if you’re still worried for your sons please take an on line course in math. We need to vote. We need to get our friends and family to vote. I don’t feel angry. I feel excited and ready to fight. Change is coming. And everyone telling me to lose weight. You first. 🍗🥨🥗

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When people criticized new mom Schumer for going back to doing her job after having a baby. LOL. Nice try, internet.

When she shared this HONEST photo of the after-effects childbirth: a beautiful miracle with some less-than-beautiful results. (Seriously, who does their hair in the hospital?)

 

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Milf alert 1 o’clock

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This statement that redefines autism (which Schumer’s husband Chris Fischer has been diagnosed with) as just another interesting, empowering aspect of someone’s personality, not a disability.

Her continued online advocacy for trans rights, stronger gun laws, voting equality, calling out family separation policies, veterans, etc. The list is a long and inspiring one!

The time she shared this amazing clapback at Perez Hilton who said that her career was “stalled.” Because Perez Hilton gives career advice?

 

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People going on and on about how much you don’t care about my stance on the nfl sure are talking about it a lot. Instead of being critical of me, i have a crazy idea, how about you trying doing something, anything to help the gross inequality in our country. My contribution is so useless to you guys? Then Why don’t you make one. Do something. Did you know slaves are mentioned in our anthem? Well look it up you snarky trolls. I did an old navy campaign one year then a bud lite campaign the next. This year I said I wasnt up for doing any because I am horrified by the violence and treatment of people of color in our country. It’s a small way of putting my money where my tiny mouth is. The fuck are you gonna do? Step up. Goes for you too yahoo sports hosts who I’ve met. For someone you care so little about you sure do like to talk about me a lot. I think you like me 💋what are you doing to help? I’m doing a lot more than this. But what a great message we could send if other artists passed on any super bowl exposure too. If my act of protest makes you feel attacked. That’s about you 🍯

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The fact that she acknowledges her youthful mistakes and isn’t is ashamed of them.

 

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Rump alert #yesiknowmytattoosucks @maliamillsnyc

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The time that she photobombed better than a shirtless Justin Trudeau.

 

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If you get engaged, Tati and I will be there

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When she and her dog Tati took a stand for equal pay in a way that was literally impossible to ignore.

 

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Hot dog dog. Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don’t believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That’s a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me “demanding” or “insisting” on equal pay to them aren’t a true. #fat #stealsjokes

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When she schooled trolls about body positivity and having no zero shame in her game.

 

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Very very honored to be nominated for 2 Grammys and to be considered to play an important and evolving icon. Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where’s the shame? It’s not there. It’s an illusion. When I look in the mirror I know who I am. Im a great friend, sister, daughter and girlfriend. I’m a badass comic headlining arenas all over the world and making tv and movies and writing books where I lay it all out there and I’m fearless like you can be. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice. It’s that kind of response that let’s you know something’s wrong with our culture and we all need to work together to change it. Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them. They can scream as loud as they want. We can’t hear them because we are getting shit done. I am proud to lead by example. “I say if I’m beautiful, I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will” #thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo

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