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Lena Dunham backs Amy Schumer's plus-sized comments

Lena Dunham has praised Amy Schumer for speaking out against weight labels after the comedienne took aim at a magazine that called her plus-sized.

The Trainwreck star hit out at bosses at Glamour magazine this week (begs04Apr16) for skewing young girls' ideas of what plus-sized means by including her in a special plus-sized edition when she is only a size six to eight.


Lena, who has had to defend her weight in the past, has now given Amy her backing for trying to remove the labels and the whole idea of plus-sized.


"I think Amy's entire thing is trying to sort of like break down barriers and be bold about her own opinions," she tells People.com. "What I think she was trying to do was stand up for women and say we're not supposed be categorized in this role, we're supposed to just be allowed to exist."


Lena agreed that women's clothing should not be categorised, adding, "I think fashion should be for women and it should be for all women."


She recalls meeting singer Beth Ditto to discuss her 'plus-sized' fashion line, which she designed to help heavier woman look good and she adds, "Because so often we've assumed women who aren't size zeros just want to put themselves in a tent."


Lena made the comments during a dinner to celebrate her inclusion on The Hollywood Reporter's annual 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media list on Wednesday night (06Apr16). She was given the joint honour with her collaborator Jenni Konner.


Amy wrote to Glamour magazine on Instagram telling them "it doesn't feel right" for her to be included in the list. She wrote, "Young girls seeing my body type, thinking that is plus size?... What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous (sic)."


Magazine bosses apologised for offending Amy, insisting she was not described as plus-sized and was included because her "vocal message of body positivity is inspiring."