On Wednesdays I post about my favorite women. Today’s woman crush: Amy Schumer
What you already know about Amy Schumer: She is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress and is currently the star of the her own sketch comedy series called Inside Amy Schumer, which airs on Comedy Central. Amy was recently named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015 and has been honored at the Critic’s Choice Awards, the Peabody Awards, and the Glamour Awards, among others.
What you don’t know about Amy Schumer: She was quoted in February 2012 in regards to her comedic style saying: “I don’t like the observational stuff. I like tackling the stuff nobody else talks about, like the darkest, most serious thing about yourself. I talk about life and sex and personal stories and stuff everybody can relate to, and some can’t.”
What I love about Amy Schumer: She instantly became one of my heros when I read the speech she gave at the Gloria Awards, hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women. During the speech she made several points that resonated with me but I especially liked the last bit where she explained how she wrote an article for Men’s Health, and instead of using her photo, they used one of a cute 16-year-old model wearing a clown nose, to show that she’s hilarious, not Amy. Upon seeing the article Amy thought “But those are my words. What about who I am, and what I have to say?” However, since she obviously wasn’t deemed pretty enough by the magazine to say them, her voice wasn’t worth shit. To this Amy replied “Fuck that. I am not laying in that freshman year bed anymore ever again. I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit 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 fuck and love and I will never apologize 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. And I am all of you, and I thank you.” Wow–just, wow!
So what do I love about Amy Schumer? Her ability to be unapologetically herself and stand up for what she believes in. She is a true role model to young women who want to grow up and be more than just beautiful, which often times is what society tells us is all we are worth. I love that she uses her voice and claims her thoughts, opinions, and ideas as her own. But most of all, I love that she is using her gift to tackle “taboo” social subjects to make the world a better place for young women growing up today, like me. Every time I watch one of her skits that addresses rape culture, beauty standards, and the female body in the public space, I literally think to myself “thank you Amy Schumer” for being my voice, and the voice of many young women who face the same daily challenges that she is so relentlessly tackling on her show.
“Her stand-up and sketches skewering gender double-standards have made her a feminist hero, a savior for all oppressed by this sexist world” Meredith Haggerty recently wrote on Splitsider.
Amy jokingly taking a dive on the red carpet at the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World Event, where she accepted her award in the Artist category.
Amy Schumer and Tina Fey kiss onstage at the 74th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Peabody Awards)
Amy on set with Amber Rose for her “Milk, Milk, Lemonade” sketch which pokes fun at the physical and sexual expectations that society has of women’s bodies.
Amy during her “Girl, you don’t need makeup” sketch, which again, mock’s societies standards for women to always be beautiful, even “naturally” when we’re not wearing any makeup we’re supposed to look flawless.
Watch Amy’s acceptance speech at the Glamour Awards for Trailblazer of the Year below