Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs
Add some colour to your living room with these punchy cushion designs

Megan Burns

Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge
Five perfect matte lipsticks that your mask won’t budge

Holly O'Neill

Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween
Slightly Christmassy movies that are totally acceptable to watch before Halloween

Lauren Heskin

This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million
This Glenageary home with a charming double-height extension is on the market for €1.875 million

Megan Burns

Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal stranger to my son’
Surrogacy: ‘As soon as I lay a foot on Irish soil I become a legal...

Amanda Cassidy

Cuffing season is upon and singletons need to know what to look out for
Cuffing season is upon and singletons need to know what to look out for

Christina McLoughlin

Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style
Children are becoming less resilient and it is because of our parenting style

Amanda Cassidy

These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now
These 4 Sofia Coppola films are the dreamy escapism we need right now

Jennifer McShane

Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?
Am I supposed to feel joy over a PowerPoint presentation?

Esther O'Moore Donohoe

Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back
Nowstalgia: beauty’s most forward-thinking trend? Looking back

Holly O'Neill

Image / Editorial

The Best Of Amy Schumer


by Jennifer McShane
26th Aug 2016

attends the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 1, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

The Best Of Amy Schumer

Here at IMAGE, we think Amy Schumer is all sorts of fabulous. She may be an award-winning comedian and actress, but even in the throes of fame and success, the Trainwreck star remains unfailingly’real and down-to-earth; unafraid to call out Hollywood’s bulls*hit factor, frequently uttering words of empowerment, whether that be on body image or wanting?to be a role model. And thankfully, everyone seems to be sitting up and paying attention to America’s favourite funny woman.?She’s won the heart of Anna Wintour, has released her biography to critical praise and is in the middle of a sold-out comedic tour, of which her next stop is Dublin.

Ahead of her show in the 3Arena tonight, we’ve rounded up some of Schumer’s best quotes. Scroll, read and if you’re going to the show (you lucky things), enjoy:

?Calling out labelling of women:

“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful, healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. Glamour Magazine put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know, and it doesn’t feel right to me.” FYI, it wasn’t that Schumer objected to being called plus-size, it was the fact that she was labelled at all; why the need to constantly put a tab on females and their shape? It does not unite, instead creates further distance between unattainable industry norms and real women, with real bodies.

On why she writes her own material:

The Trainwreck star used her acceptance speech for the?Critics? Choice MVP Award earlier this year, she also won for Best Actress in a Comedy, to talk about what really motivates her to write her own material – her stomach. Schumer said (while pointing out her tummy area), ?If you’re an actress, and you have this area right here, you have to write your own stuff if you want to get it made.?

GettyImages-505435456

On posing nude:

Previously labelled as outdated and objectifying thanks to its many nude portraits, the Pirelli calendar made a striking departure and instead of models, it featured candid portraits of powerful, motivational women, of which Schumer was one. She then called out people who said her decision to pose naked for the Pirelli calendar was ?brave?. ?This is where I get really ?brave? as everyone said after my Annie Leibovitz photo. That’s what you want everyone to say when a naked photo of you goes viral. You want them to say, ?What a brave photo.? You’re like, ?Thanks, wow, thank you.??

I’ve never felt more beautiful or more like myself?I love my body.

On her struggle with body confidence:

[Body image] has 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 [my clothes]. And sometimes I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, ?I’m not gonna go do standup tonight,? but then, I have looked at myself in the mirror and thought, This is how you look. Embrace that and move on.”

On finding?her voice and staying true to herself:

GettyImages-489395974

?I am a woman with thoughts and questions and sh? to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story – I will. I will speak and share, and f? and love and I will never apologise to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here, and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself.”

On sexism:

?Every woman deals with it most every day of their lives. Growing up, it’s just in your day-to-day. There are all these preconceived notions of what it means to be a woman or a girl, and straying from those ideas of femininity is sort of shocking to people. I felt angered by that as a kid. I felt like that was unjust. Like that was not right.?

On influencing other women:

?I hope I do influence other women to set better boundaries for themselves. You’ve got to be vocal. You let people know. Their ego’s a little bruised. Then they adapt? I have gotten death threats?that was scary. But it just made me want to use my voice more.?

Trainwreck-collides-6

Amy in Dublin at the ‘Trainwreck’ premiere

On her life goals:

?I just want to get the most money I can. Sorry. I want to make women laugh. I want to make them feel beautiful in their own skin. I want to empower them to use their voice and not apologise. And I want a jet.?

And finally…

?People build people up and then like to rip them down when they experience some success. I think people get upset by success.?I don’t even take it personally. I will not be another one of those comics who gets accused of stealing jokes. That will not be part of my name. I will not take this lying down.?

Never change, Amy Schumer.

Also Read

The Best Of Amy Schumer
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

The Best Of Amy Schumer
EDITORIAL
‘Romy & Michele’ actress Cortney Wolfston on being fired while pregnant

“I was confused. Hadn’t I just been told this was a perfect time to be pregnant?” she questioned. Actress Cortney...

By Sarah Finnan

The Best Of Amy Schumer
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

The Best Of Amy Schumer
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

The Best Of Amy Schumer
premium EDITORIAL
Business Club members get your complimentary tickets to The IMAGE Business Summit 2021

Don’t miss this year’s IMAGE Business Summit, with an expert line-up, skills masterclasses, keynote addresses and more.Back by popular demand,...

By Shayna Sappington

The Best Of Amy Schumer
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

The Best Of Amy Schumer
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy