Amy Schumer says she never expected to be a feminist icon and opens up about having cellulite (her words) and still deserving love in the new issue of Glamour magazine.
The comedienne’s unplugged and revealing interview was conducted by her own sister, writer and occasional “Inside Amy Schumer” guest star, Kim Caramele.
“I don’t try to be feminist. I just am. It’s innately inside me,” Schumer said in the Glamour interview. “I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me.”
Schumer, whose new movie “Trainwreck,” opens July 17, has used her Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer," to bring feminism to the masses in a funny way. The show has featured sketches on everything from rape to women’s sexuality as they age to one in which she spoofs songs aimed at making women feel comfortable going out without makeup.
The 34-year-old Schumer said in the Glamour interview that she has always been confident in her body.
“I remember feeling very beautiful and not even thinking about it. ... 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,’” Schumer recalled. "But then when I was a [high school] freshman, I heard the senior boys were coming to our volleyball games because they liked how I looked in booty shorts. So I got feedback on both ends of the spectrum. But I had good confidence.”
“I have looked at myself in the mirror and thought, 'This is how you look. Embrace that and move on,'” she said. “But confidence has nothing to do with how you look. I feel happiest when I’m with friends and I’m working really hard.”
Schumer made headlines at another Glamour event, this one last month's U.K. Women of the Year Awards, when she said, “I’m probably like 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a d*** whenever I want.”
In the new interview with her sister, Schumer expanded on her body confidence.
“I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love,” she said.
Glamour’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive said Schumer is the woman who says what every other woman is thinking.
“Sometimes you don’t even know that you’re thinking them until she says them and you’re like, yes, that is what I’ve been thinking,” Leive told ABC News.
The August issue of Glamour magazine, with Schumer on the cover, will be on newsstands July 14.