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Amy Schumer nude photo a powerful statement about body image

News staff | posted Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015

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Amy Schumer’s latest nude photo has taken the Internet by storm, and has become the latest statement in embracing a beautifully imperfect body image.

Schumer, who previously appeared nude in a controversial GQ spread that featured Star Wars characters, tweeted out a photo from the upcoming Pirelli calendar in which she wears only underwear and a pair of heels, slouching slightly on a stool.

“Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman,” Schumer captioned the image.

It has been retweeted almost 6,000 times, and favourite 19,000 times since being posted Monday morning.

The caption encapsulates the tension women persistently feel about their body image, a topic Schumer has tackled before, notably her parody of 12 Angry Men in which a jury of men debated whether Schumer was “hot enough to be on TV.”

In a video about the making of the calendar, Schumer said “I felt I looked more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life. And I felt like it looked like me.”

Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot all photos for the calendar, which features a number of other women in their raw, unretouched best, including Selena Williams, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and Fran Lebowitz.

“The goal was to be very straightforward,” Leibovitz said at a press conference. “I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense.”

Schumer’s statement urges women to embrace their bodies, to be honest about their insecurities and to be confident and proud of who they are.

And in so doing, she is championing those who can embrace who they are, flaws and all, in a realistic, emotionally healthy way.

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