We’re pretty bummed this still has to be said in 2017, but every body is a swim suit body. Can a bikini go on your body? Then you have a bikini body. Wanna rock a one-piece even though you dare to not fit into the sample size? Rock. It.
Comedian and actor Amy Schumer is the latest cover model for InStyle and posed in a Ralph Lauren bathing suit. She was in a pool. What else would she wear?
Looking fabulous in a deep V white suit, Schumer posted the image to her Instagram account this week, writing about being so proud to be on the magazine’s cover and joking that she’s now a Hadid sister.
While Schumer’s Instagram feed has been flooded by mostly positive comments — with fans writing that the comedian looks spectacular, powerful, amazing and beautiful — there are unfortunately the haters.
One in particular is swimsuit designer Dana Duggan. The founder of South Shore Swimwear in Massachusetts commented on InStyle’s Instagram account, which also posted the same cover image of Schumer. In her comment, Duggan wrote, “Come on now! You could not find anyone better for this cover? Not everyone should be in a swimsuit.”
Come. On. Are we still doing this?
Duggan has since deleted her comment, but that hasn’t stopped people from replying to her remarks on InStyle‘s Instagram feed. One user named manya_chatterjee wrote, “Isn’t the point of a swimsuit to go swimming in and we swim with our bodies? Sorry but people bigger than a size 4 go swimming.”
User hayliesnipes commented directly at South Shore Swimwear, writing, “is this really the brand you wish to portray? Your target demographic is women. And even though you may not cater to a plus size market, your market more than likely still will not support you if you continue to publish shameful opinions. Freedom of speech at the risk of sacrificing your brand? Your choice, hun.”
“What’s good about not being a model is that it’s not the thing I trade on. Once I start looking older, that won’t affect me. I have never gotten anything done because I’m, like, so gorgeous. I’m good-looking enough that I can work in the business. I get enough attention from men that I feel good. I see pictures of myself now, and I look younger than I think of myself. It hasn’t scared me yet.” @JessSeinfeld interviewed @AmySchumer for our May cover and the results are powerful and, as expected, hilarious. Click the link in our bio for the full story. ✨ | 📷: @carterbedloesmith; Fashion Editor: @cristinaehrlich; Hair: @kimmykuppkakes; Makeup: @andrea_tiller; Manicure: @caseynails; Pop Styling: Lynn Nigro; Production: First Light Productions
This is hardly the first time Schumer has been body shammed in public, with the comedian previously receiving backlash for being cast as the real-life Barbie, a role she recently stepped away from, but not before suggesting Mindy Kaling as her replacement. We can only dream.
Sadly, this won’t be the last time Schumer or any other woman in Hollywood and beyond comes under fire for daring to look like themselves. This is exactly why we need cover models who don’t conform to traditional media-influenced body shapes, sizes and colours.
As for Schumer, we think she’s doing just fine.