Amy Schumer Just Got Real About Her Body Image Issues in Hollywood

Amy Schumer Just Got Real About Her Body Image Issues in Hollywood
Source: AP
Source: AP

Amy Schumer is getting real about body image — and she's not overly concerned with how many enemies she makes in Hollywood along the way. Recently, the funny lady gave the Kardashians a Kar-bashing (well, we tried) on Saturday Night Live when she made a joke about how they're not the most body-positive role models for young girls, largely because they "take the faces they were born with as a light suggestion." Schumer also mocked the once-thick Khloé Kardashian for succumbing to media pressure and losing the weight of "a Kendall [Jenner]." 

While Khloé has since shot back on Twitter defending her "healthy journey" through weight loss, Schumer has since gone on Today to discuss her experience with body image.

"It's an emotional thing," she told host Maria Shriver in an on-camera interview Friday morning. "It's been a struggle for me my whole life, and especially just being in the entertainment industry. Standing on a stage in front of people, I can't perform my best or be confident if I'm not sure — if I'm pulling at something [I'm wearing]."

She added that her insecurities used to be so bad that "sometimes I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, 'I'm not gonna go do standup tonight.'"

Source: Mic/Today

While Schumer didn't address the Kardashian beef, she did discuss how her stylist, Leesa Evans, was able to help Schumer overcome her body image issues by giving her the right clothes for her body type. She told Today that was why she decided to partner with Goodwill of Southern California to talk to women about the role fashion plays in self-acceptance.

Schumer also said that because she's struggled with body image issues for most of her life, one of her career goals is to remind people that most of the celebs whose bodies are idolized are probably all leading miserable, chicken-and-veggie existences with nary a tasty treat in sight.

"I'm coming out like, 'OK, here's what's going on: No one's just naturally thin," she told Shriver. "Everyone's starving." Thanks for telling it like it is, Amy. 

(Note: Unrelated to any of the above, a piece of cardboard fell on Maria Shriver mid-interview and it was delightful.)

h/t The Today Show

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Nicolas DiDomizio

Nicolas DiDomizio is a Staff Connections Writer at Mic. Prior to Mic, he was at MTV for 3 years. He holds a masters from NYU and a bachelors from Western Connecticut State University. Contact him at nic@mic.com.

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