Amy Schumer on body image: 'It's an emotional thing'
Amy Schumer is getting serious about something she's joked about before: Her body.
The comedian, whose show Inside Amy Schumer aired an episode this season where a group of men debated whether or not she was attractive enough for television, talked about her own issues with body image on Friday's Today Show.
She told Maria Shriver on the show:
“It’s an emotional thing. 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). And sometimes, I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, ‘I’m not gonna go do stand-up tonight.'”
Schumer also explained how working with the stylist on Trainwreck, Leesa Evans, helped her change her outlook on the whole thing, and why she's working with Goodwill to do something similar:
"My sister and I, we both have always dressed badly. Leesa had given me this gift of showing me how to dress and feel good. And she didn't have to do this, she just did. She shopped for my sister also, and seeing my little sister wearing a little blazer and a shirt and looking just like a strong, beautiful woman, it was ... to see this person I care the most about being given those tools was really moving for me. And I just wanted to give it to every woman."
She also touched on the unrealistic standards Hollywood can sometimes set when it comes to women's bodies. She said:
"I'm coming out like, 'OK, here's what's going on: No one's just naturally thin. Everyone's starving.'"
You can watch Schumer's HBO stand-up special Saturday on HBO.