Amy Schumer is very happy with who she is, thank you very much.
The comedian and actor was recently unveiled as the cover star of InStyle magazine, looking absolutely fierce in a white swimming costume.
Sharing the photographs on her Instagram account (below), Schumer revealed that she was “so proud” to have been featured in the publication, and made sure to thank everyone who had been involved in the shoot and subsequent interview.
However swimwear designer Dana Duggan took offence at the images, and slammed the magazine for pushing the “fat agenda”.
Commenting on the magazine’s Instagram shot of the cover under her business account, Duggan wrote: “Come on now! You could not find anyone better for this cover?
“Not everyone should be in a swimsuit.”
Duggan reportedly went on to state that Schumer looked “like a pig” in the images – and stood by her comments as she cited “freedom of speech”.
In a statement to Huffington Post she said: “I appreciate the free press. It’s called Freedom of Speech.
“I can have my opinion and you can have yours. I’m tired of the media and publications trying to push the FAT agenda. It’s not healthy and it’s not pretty. What is wrong with featuring healthy and fit cover models?”
In a later interview, she insisted she was not “anti-inclusivity or anti-plus size. All I said was not everyone should be in a swimsuit on the cover of a magazine.”
Duggan’s comments did not go unnoticed by Schumer – and the 35-year-old comedian has now responded.
Via the Instagram Stories tool, Schumer shared not one, not two, but eight photos of herself wearing a bikini.
She captioned the slideshow: “I feel great. No haters can f**k with my baseline.”
InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown told WWD in May that she felt her cover star for what the magazine calls its beauty issue was “representative” of more people than the usual models: “It was important to me to have someone representing beauty who is representative of more than a small part of the population.
“Also, she has a voice. And that is really what I rely on and prioritize in every single person in the magazine. The fact that she looks freaking hot in a one-piece is no small delight.”
Schumer has never been shy about addressing her body-shamers in the past.
Ditching her clothes for a nearly-nude portrait in the 2016 Pirelli calendar, Schumer anticipated her followers’ comments, captioning, “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.”
Her point was clear: there’s only one opinion that matters when it comes to what a woman looks like, and that’s the opinion of the woman herself.
She later said: “I felt I looked more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life, and I felt like it looked like me.”
Images: Instagram / Rex Features