Amy Schumer poses in underwear for Pirelli’s ‘strong set of simple portraits’

Amy Schumer didn’t get the message. That’s what The New York Times explains is the joke behind the comedienne’s photo in the tweet above, that she didn’t understand Annie Leibovitz’s vision for a progressively redesigned 2016 Pirelli’s Tires Calendar. But she did get the message; she got it loud and clear and that is why she agreed to be Annie’s Ms. December. Pirelli’s calendars are, famously, high-end pin up shots geared towards a predominantly male audience. These artistic and beautiful calendars are shot by top shelf photographers who recruit some of the best models in the industry to pose undressed and/or in provocative poses. This year, Pirelli chairman, Marco Tronchetti Provera, hired Annie, telling her he wanted to change things up:

Photographer Annie Leibovitz is the genius behind this year’s new direction. “Pirelli came to me and told me they wanted to shift this year to something different,” she said at today’s press conference. “I made the suggestion that they do women performance artists or women comedians, almost a take-off. I just thought of women I admired and I didn’t let anyone in the studio from Pirelli. It became a very strong set of very simple portraits.” The portraits include a topless Amy Schumer with her rolls proudly on display, Tavi Gevinson fully clothed and lounging on a chair, and Serena Williams facing away from the camera while flaunting her famously sculpted, curvy frame. Images are accompanied by paragraphs about each woman’s spectacular achievements in every arena from sports to philanthropy.

[from The Fashion Spot]

The Pirelli’s  Calendar Website has a nice behind-the-scenes with Annie and some of the models and the New York Times has a slideshow of the all portraits. I generally like Annie Leibovitz’s work, but I don’t always. In this case, I could spend a great deal of time discussing the power of each portrayal. I cannot tell you my favorite or even single a few out to mention here – they are all so equal in their depiction. I’ve got my coffee, tell me which moves you and why.

The New York Times questions, however, Pirelli’s motivation – did they agree to Annie’s idea because feminism is the cause célèbre currently? Is this just a marketing ploy to endear women? Is Marco Tronchetti Provera capitulating by saying this year’s calendar, “reflects contemporary society?” I am not sure I care if I get Fran Lebowitz as Ms. May. Maybe what I am looking at is a corporate grab for my female dollars but what I am seeing is a male-centric publication that dates back to 1964 who isn’t afraid to make a stand on behalf of feminism. Of course, I would love for this to be motivated purely by idealism and ideology but if the end result is a collection of striking, thoughtful portraits of women being recognized for their accomplishments and individuality, I’ll take a little corporate sponsored feminism. If Meryl Streep and Marion Cotillard et al are willing to sell down their feminism to promote their brand, than I am willing to give Pirelli Tires a pass to sell up feminism to promote theirs.

Amy Schumer may be the most commercially well known in the group. She chose to post her photo to her Twitter account showing her on a stool, drinking a cup of coffee in heals and designer underwear with beautifully sculpted hair and a mock expression of surprise under the words, Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.” Damn straight Amy got the message.

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  1. Patricia says:

    Amy annoys me to no end, but I love her for this.

    • Snazzy says:

      Yes me too! This portrait actually made me like her a little bit.

    • jolene says:

      Same here! Amy doesn’t make me laugh as much as she irritates and makes me cringe (Star Wars sex thing), but, overall I appreciate her and I gotta hand it to her for going for this! Her confidence is contagious!

    • JudyK says:

      I don’t think she even looks overweight in that top photo, just normal. I actually thought she was much bigger.

      And…I agree w/ Patricia’s comment.

      • jugstorecowboy says:

        Me, too! What rolls? The average person in Hollywood must be the size of my (skinny) 4-year-old.

      • Water says:

        I’m also confused. She’s always calling herself fat. She’s not.

      • FLORC says:

        She looks out of shape. Not too much more than that.

        Maybe not calling herself that, but echoing what others call her? And others do call her fat, but she’s lost a lot of weight lately. In this pic appears to be maybe 30 or 40 pounds lighter?

      • perplexed says:

        Out of shape seems like the description that fits.

        She must be thinner than the clothes she wears suggests. Maybe her stylist picks out clothes that are slightly too small for her, thus making her look bigger than she actually is.

      • MC2 says:

        I don’t think she is calling herself fat but (like FLORC said) calling attention to all the others that call her fat & there are a lot unfortunately. It’s something she has had to deal with rising to fame. Movie critics have publicized that she shouldn’t be in a romantic role since she was “fat”. And I don’t think she looks out of shape at all. She looks totally normal, healthy & look at her legs! She is not out of shape- just has some rolls on the tummy (as she sits on a stool) like most women would- even if they work out. I love her for this & damn us if we are going to deem her “out of shape”. She is normal, typical & healthy.

      • Morgan says:

        If you’ve seen Trainwreck, there’s a scene where she dances with real cheerleaders and I was surprised at how completely normal she looked with all of them. She does look bigger on red carpets because we’re used to such tiny women.

      • perplexed says:

        Well, I just meant she looked out of shape in comparison to people who are deemed as having an above average fitness level and like to share their photos on social media so that we can gauge their above average fitness level. I didn’t mean that she was out of shape in comparison to the rest of us — nonetheless, if Photoshop has been involved in making her look a certain way, I have no idea if she really is in shape. I don’t know what to believe anymore! But when I looked at this pic properly, I was surprised at how much smaller she seems in the pic than when she appears fully clothed.

    • Suzanne says:

      I used to be a big fan but as her popularity grew…her appeal lessened for me. This posing thing just makes me think of Chelsea Handler…always showing off her naked self. Amy, sorry, I’m not applauding you for doing this…It’s an unflattering shot…we get it…you’re not a runway model…but at least keep your clothes on. There are other ways to get your message across.
      Serena looks like a man from the back. Also not flattering.
      Enough said.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Serena looks like a very muscular woman. Men aren’t the only creatures with muscles, dear. I think she looks beautiful, strong and capable.

      • MC2 says:

        Wow!!! What a loaded comment….Serena is a professional tennis player who kicks a$$, has risen to the top of her game and wouldn’t do that without her muscles. She looks amazing, powerful, strong & feminine. You are promoting a very small definition of female beauty…..The point of the photos were also to include a paragraph about what these women have accomplished (not just how they photograph) which I think is amazing. If you only want to see skinny then buy a VS catalogue where the women are nameless & just there for their bodies.

      • polkasox says:

        @suzanne – Serena is curvy and beautiful and strong. Sometimes women are muscular, sometimes men are thin. This doesn’t mean they’re unattractive or somehow “less” manly or womanly. & Amy’s point is just that – we don’t all have to look like the perfect male/female specimen to be considered worthy. That’s fine if you disagree but maybe find a less ignorant way to voice your opinion.

    • Carol says:

      I don’t think she is out of shape. Maybe she just looks like she is. I guess I think out of shape means people who don’t exercise – and reading her previous interviews, she does talk about exercising a lot. I used to exercise like a fiend, I’m talking 1 to 2 hours 7 days a week. But I ate like a fiend as well. So I looked like Amy (especially around the belly) but I could out run, out hike etc. all my skinny friends. So maybe I’m having trouble with “out of shape” wording here. Or maybe I just need another cup of coffee and my special doughnut.

  2. LAK says:

    It’s a photoshop fail when you can still see the blurred lines of her original body. So much for promoting original bodies Amy/Annie.

    • Kate says:

      Yep. Just like that other half naked photo she used to share constantly, that was either extremely photoshopped or taken at a time when she was 30lbs lighter.

      She always comes off as extremely insecure to me.

      • Don't kill me I'm French says:


      • Saphana says:

        she is and being a comic she overshares. she now constantly brags about picking dudes left and right and how every guy wants to have sex with her. never met someone so vocal about their new found sex appeal who wasnt insanely insecure. itsl ike a man going round “have you seen my magnum condom for my huge dong?”

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Even if it was photoshoped, it still miles away from the bodies we usually see in the media. I think she’s brave to do this. I could never ever do it, with all the photoshop in the world.

    • Zip says:

      I don’t see anything. Can you enlighten me where to look?

      • Artemis says:

        Watch the video, she’s definitely been photoshopped as her ‘rolls’ for lack of a better word are less in the picture.

      • LAK says:

        How to put this politely…….She has 2 belly rolls that I been photoshoppe out, BUT you can still see the lines of the rolls. Ditto the lines of her bra across her rib cage.

        The video that accompanies the photos and the original shots released showed them.

        It disingenuous to say that you can showing showing a woman body in all it glory so that we should celebrate, BUT photoshop the offered body to remove the very thing we need supposed to celebrate. And do a bad job of it such that we can still see the lines of what was removed.

      • FLORC says:

        No shock it was edit. While this is common and Amy still is baring a lot of herself I kind of don’t like the caption since it is a changed image to improve and remove what she’s said to be embracing.

      • Robin says:

        Her arms and thighs have also been photoshopped to look thinner.

    • bcgirl says:

      don’t see it.

    • Sea Dragon says:

      Not just the blur, the right leg is LONG. They stretched it and thinned both legs. She has strong gams built by both muscle and fat but looking at this you’d never know it.

  3. tracking says:

    Yes, I like this series very much. Particularly the Schumer and Williams portraits.

  4. Locke Lamora says:

    Nothing is ever motivated purely by idealism and ideology . There’s always money involved. But even with that, this is great. Such a nice change.

    • Esmom says:

      My thoughts exactly, especially a corporate entity like Pirelli. Lots of suits were involved in this but it is nice they respected the concept and creative vision. The cynic in me says, though, that next year’s calendar will go back to the tried and true.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        I’m pretty sure it will. Feminism is the hot topic now, they get to ponder to women and pat themselves on the shoulder because they are oh so progressive.

      • Saphana says:

        feminism nowadays is mostly a marketing strategy and not a political movement.

    • Bae says:

      Yeah, it’s very naive to expect a compayn to do something out of the goodness of their heart.

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Women on display. It’s better than it used to be, I suppose. But we’re not mountains, or rivers, or cats in a basket.

    • Snazzy says:


    • The Beldam says:

      I’m glad someone else feels this way as well.

    • KikiGee says:

      Spot on, GNAT. Was just thinking, ‘why do they have to be nearly naked at all?’ Much better to say the calendar is obsolete and there’ll be no more editions.

      • Bae says:

        Because we rarely if ever see women like that naked in the media? They have to be covered up from head to toe, or even better, they should just show their faces.

      • SnarkySnarkers says:

        OMG this! So glad I’m not alone in thinking why must we always be naked or nearly so to garner accolades and attention? I get what Bae is saying but it still bothers me.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I do get what Bae is saying, too, and I appreciate it, but maybe it’s not something worth striving for?

      • SnarkySnarkers says:

        Yes GNAT! Exactly! It feels like some nasty trick perpetuated by men to keep women naked and focused on trivial bs. Yes, I realize that sounds ridiculous lol

    • Jen43 says:

      I can’t say this makes me feel good. I don’t understand why women constantly need to be photographed in a state of undress. I mean, I do understand; I just can’t get on board with this.

      • kcarp says:

        Right? Why? I have never felt the urge to like a woman or want to see her movies or hear her music based on a half dressed photo of her.

        Maybe they are playing to the men but that is a truly antiquated notation. Women have just as much buying power as men and make more buying decisions. I don’t get how this is a ya for women?

        And while I am on a rant why are women always trying to prove they are beautiful? What is that constant need to always have to show women are beautiful no matter what the size? Obviously men find all kinds of women attractive. There is a very small percentage of men who actually marry a model. Wives for the most part look normal. Is it really men who are defining what is beautiful or is it women who are defining beauty by constantly trying to say hey look I am not a model but I am beautiful too.

    • Kat says:

      Why do cats need to be objectified by posing in baskets!!

    • Shambles says:

      “But we’re not mountains, or rivers, or cats in a basket.”

      I’m about to get real deep with you this morning, GNATTY. Maybe… We are mountains and rivers and cats in baskets? Women are lovely and mysterious creatures. As strong and powerful as a mountain, as unpredictable and full of life as a river, as adorable and sassy as a cat in a basket. 😉

      Of course, I understand and agree with your point– that it’s distasteful for women to be on display as objects for calendar fodder. But the way I see it is this: women are objectified and put on display all the time, and I guess I would rather us be displayed this way than any other. Strong like Serena and real like Amy is better than a waif-thin Victoria’s Secret model prancing around the runway in a glorified beauty pageant. It’s a baby step, at least.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        It’s a baby step. A grown up step will be when we say, no. I don’t want to be an object on display in the back room of a gas station, hanging there among the greasy car parts, old beer lights and full ashtrays, glanced at occasionally by some guy with a beer gut who thinks it’s his right to judge my body. Yes, women are beautiful, and strong and lovely to look at. I just wish they were respected and not objectified and not so worried about their outsides. This is a better pinup calendar than most pinup calendars, but it’s still a pinup calendar. Why do we participate in this?

      • Shambles says:

        Can’t disagree with anything you’ve said, and I especially appreciate your vivid gas station description. It really does help to put things into perspective. Well spoken.

      • SnarkySnarkers says:

        Spot freaking ON GNAT!!! At the end of the day, curvy, skinny, not considered conventionally attractive, beautiful when you participate in this crap you are still putting your goodies out there for people to objectify. Keeping your clothes on does not automatically mean you are ashamed of your body. It might just mean you have nothing to prove, which is the place I think woman in general need to get to.

    • vauvert says:

      Amen GNAT to everything you said in both your comments.

    • Josefina says:

      I’ll get destroyed for this, but I don’t see what’s so inherently wrong about “women on display”. Have you seen past Pirelli calendars? I can’t remember the years right now, but if you look at them, they usually aren’t the stuff you’d see on Playboy or Penthouse. The calendars hire top models and top fashion photographers, who come in with creative ideas that, yes, sexualise women, but not in an objectifying or demeaning way (for me). I see portrayals of sexy women who own their shit and display their bodies with pride, in a truly artistic and tasteful way.

      There was this one year, I think Steven Meisel shot it, were it was all in black and white. JLo, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Natalia Vodianova and some others were there. The editorial was gorgeous and incredibly sexy. Yeah, it was geared towards a male audience but so what. I’m a bisexual woman and I thought it was incredibly sexy. Can’t blame straight guys for agreeing.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        No, I won’t even disagree with you, really, let alone destroy you. There’s nothing wrong with sexuality, or recognizing the beauty of the female form, or any of that. If it was that simple, and everyone looking at the photos had your intelligence and perspective, I don’t think it would bother me. This is really hard to put into words for me, so I apologize. I don’t feel that pinup calendars celebrate women, though this one perhaps aspires to. I think they reduce women to two dimensional objects consisting of society approved breasts, legs and butt. Here’s Miss January – nice tits. And now, we’re supposed to be grateful that the photographer actually included some women who stretch society’s idea of what’s attractive. Oh goodie, we can be gawked at and judged, too, in spite of our unworthiness. Most of these women have accomplished great things. Who cares if what they look like? Why do they have to be beautiful, too? You don’t see male comedians or executives or whatever begging to be seen as sexy. Why is that such a huge part of our value to the world? That’s what rubs me the wrong way.

    • I Choose Me says:

      GNAT I wish I knew you in real life. I don’t always agree with you but I can always count on you to make a salient, often thought provoking point.

      I understand the intent of these photos and I appreciate the conversation they engender but I too wish that they were unnecessary.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I wish I knew you in real life, too. You’re always fair and funny and have a serenity and balance that I admire. And don’t worry, sometimes I don’t agree with me either.

  6. Lindy79 says:

    I like the Serena picture. I can’t unread Michael K from Dlisted’s comments how Amy looks like she’s sitting on the toilet in her pants having her morning coffee.

  7. Pippa says:

    I love this! I mean I agree that the company’s motivations are probably far from pure and noble but just the fact that we’ve gotten to the point where feminism sells in such a previously male dominated industry is amazing. Also, on a purely superficial note, holy shit Serena looks like a literal goddess! Just pure sculpted power in that photo.

  8. D says:

    I really can’t stand Amy Schumer and my reason for that is very unfair…she looks so much like a girl I went to high school with…ugh..

  9. chloe says:

    Yes, this is what real women look like, no botoxed or surgeon sculpted faces or fancy designer clothes and normal body sizes, I applaud all of these women.

    • Bae says:

      All women are real women.

      • chloe says:

        Yes Bae you are right, but when it comes to calendars, magazines and Hollywood the focus is usually on the the thin, perfect face/skin and hair celebrities, I like how the tide seems to be changing to embrace all woman.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I think Amy is airbrushed, at the very least. I’ve never seen someone with fat rolls who had no cellulite or squishy bits. Her body looks very “fixed” to me.

      • chloe says:

        Oh I’m sure there is some airbrushing going on, but let’s face it give this picture of Amy to Allure and Vogue and I bet there wouldn’t be one roll on her, at least they didn’t go to that extreme in these photos or airbrush out all of the wrinkles on some of the other ladies.

  10. Artemis says:

    I disagree with Schumer being the commercially the most well-known. Pretty sure that Schumer is mostly famous in America. Where I come from, people don’t know her (I saw her film and recommended it to my friends, no clue who she was and not big in general there anyway). Without TV and magazines, who is Amy? Girl has been properly famous for what, a year now? If her first name doesn’t ring a bell, they’re usually not that famous. If anything, her friendship with other celebs makes her name stick out more.

    Serena on the other hand? That’s a famous woman, for decades. I remember watching her matches and she’s discussed in our gossip magazines as well (pretty unusual for a sports star). Even my grandma knows her and she doesn’t give a rat’s ass about celebs or sportspeople.
    Also a lot of articles about her body and the racist remarks she received years before it was popular to celebrate female bodies and feminism the way we do now. In fact, we had our own racist reporter commenting on Serena when she won against our national (I think the n1 or 2 back then) and he had to apologize under pressure of the general public who were going to boycott the station! That was more than a decade ago so I’m happy for women like Serena because they came far and they don’t get instant love. There was a time when nobody cared about praising a black body.

    That said, the women for the calendar are amazing. Lots of diversity in many areas which is rare still in modern society (for that industry anyway). I hope this is going to be a recurring theme instead of pandering to what’s trendy at the moment and that it will make a bigger impact as a whole on society but I’m not holding my breath.

    On a superficial note, I think Schumer doesn’t have style despite having a stylist because her body is beautiful.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Yeah, in my country too, Serena is definitely better known.

    • chaine says:

      agree. i could be totally wrong, but i would think both Serena and Yoko Ono are much more well known internationally than Amy Schumer.

  11. Shelley says:

    Amy is annoying and her photo is underwhelming.
    Serena’s on the otherhand is AMAZING!! Her body is a work of art. I also like the Yoko Ono one. They are the only two that capture the magic of their subjects.
    Overall I’d say there was very little direction with this calendar. It’s hard for me to connect with it.

  12. Nev says:

    Yayyyyyyy YOKO!!!!

  13. paranormalgirl says:

    I love the Patti Smith photo. I adore Patti Smith.

  14. Lucy says:

    All of the photos are lovely, I must say.

    • Kitten says:

      Agreed. So much negativity around here always…sigh.

    • Pandy says:

      I really liked all of the photos as well. Applaud Amy for showing her rolls (I couldn’t!!) and Serena for showing what is likely her most controversial body part. Sure it’s a baby step away from the traditional pin up calendar, but it is a step. Let’s close our eyes and ears to the negativity.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. I love the variety of women’s stories that are told through these photos.

      The negativity is tiring. I’ve been trying to embrace the light.

  15. Dizzybenny says:

    I think most of the calendars will end up in recycling bins, bottom of bird cages or start the wood stove on a cold night. As you said they go to mostly a male audience. And since I’m a male, I will tell you that this is a very boring calendar. Woopy for them they all look natural, but that’s not what Pirelli stands for. It’s supposed to be the hottest models of the year in great locales, not regular women in b\w photos on a blanket background sitting on a chair or stool.

    If feminists want to see regular woman that have no make-up, then by all means create a calendar that reflects that.
    I’m all for it!!
    Not going to buy it, but go for it ladies!!

    • Lizzy says:

      Yeah, whatever one thinks of this calendar it doesn’t seem like the right fit for its intended audience.

    • Eden75 says:

      I have to agree with this.

      I am a woman, I am a huge race fan and I am a pin-up calendar buyer. I love pin-up calendars and the ladies in them (almost as much as the firemen calendars but that’s another post) but I will not be buying this one. I like the pictures and I like that a company is willing to go this way but it is not going to be a hit with the intended audience, and the few of us ladies who like calendars, much to their hubby’s delight. These are not the pictures I hang up in the garage with my bikes and sleds.

      Oh well, guess I’ll have to make my own damn calendar this year. Hubby, get out the camera!

  16. J says:

    her personality repulses people much more effectively than her body does

  17. Kelly says:

    The images really show how unoriginal Leibowitz is an artist. Several of them clearly reference Richard Avedon especially the Natalia Vodianova, Fran Leibowitz, and Tavi Gevinson ones. Irving Penn is also referenced in the Serena Williams and Amy Schumer ones. It’s better than some of the recent calendars, despite the artistic unoriginality.

  18. EscapedConvent says:

    Overall, I like it. I like the direct gazes and un-fluffiness of the subjects. I think Patti Smith is my favorite. And I was glad to see Yoko Ono still wearing her top hat.

  19. Bishg says:

    I like Amy a lot, and I thank her for her series Inside Amy Schumer.
    But Serena is 100% winning this photo-shoot. Glorious woman!

  20. Lisa says:

    Imho, her body is not attractive or thin by any stretch of the word.

    • FingerBinger says:

      Amy knows she’s isn’t thin. That was the point. You can love your body without it being stick thin or picture perfect.

      • Pandy says:

        Yes, that’s the point!!! To take the accepted standard of VS model-type posijg in heels, panties and pearls and feature a “normal” woman. Geez, I hope no one is passing judgment on me like this site is on Amy …

      • perplexed says:

        I’m not judging Amy Shumer and I have no opinion on anybody’s body but my own, but anyone who goes naked for commercial purposes does run the risk of being scrutinized by someone. I think Shumer is attempting to turn the accepted model ideal on its head and her intent might be more “noble”, but when someone like Lady Gaga posts a bikini pic on Twitter (for publicity purposes I assume) I don’t know why anyone would be surprised that the person is being judged. The same goes here too in some respects because of the publicity and commercialization behind the performance. Judgement is going to happen, especially given that the rest of us who are not famous are expected to wear clothes in pretty much all contexts, except when one is going to the beach or something like that.

        To be fair, I think Shumer knew she was going to be judged, which is probably why she sent out the tweet as a pre-emptive strike, calling out the judgements that she knew would be coming her way in various guises.

      • Lisa says:

        I didn’t say she couldn’t love it! I also don’t think VS models are the paragon of attractiveness.

      • Robin says:

        If Schumer loves her body so much, why does she lie repeatedly about her size, and why was she okay with having her arms, legs, and belly fat photoshopped?

  21. Miss M says:

    Not a fan of Schumer. I can only take her in small doses. But I liked the idea of this photoshoot, photoshopped and all…

  22. kri says:

    I’m not a fan of Amy, but I appreciate her photo.But Serena….ohmygod. I took a deep breath. Wow. There are ancient sculptors looking down from wherever begging Karma to let them come back here to sculpt that body. I men, DAMN. Her portrait reminds me of Titan holding up the world. I may buy this calendar for that.

  23. jasmine says:

    I’m a lover of women. I’m straight but can comfortably look at a woman and recognize her beauty/sexiness/female without any weirdness. What I love about the shoot is each woman is attractive, maybe not everyone’s Most attractive but still. They’re all accomplished. I love that we come in so many varieties. Shoots like these make me proud. It makes me smile and feel good to see another woman smiling and feeling good in her skin. We’re only in competition with ourselves, not each other. I love a secure woman. I think men do too.

  24. word says:

    But the point is women still have to be naked or half naked I guess? Why?

  25. Reece says:

    Rolls? That’s called sitting hunched over. If she’s roll-y then I must be the Michelin Man. (although, photoshop people, shadows don’t change that drastically with filler light)
    Serena looks awesome! (but what did they do to her boob?)

  26. perplexed says:

    Do normal guys actually buy the Pirrelli calendar or is this more of a rich person thing?

  27. JenniferJustice says:

    Tired of Amy’s I’m fat but I’m still sexy schtick. She isn’t fat and she isn’t sexy. All she talks about in her routines anymore besides being “fat” is trolling for sex with random dudes. I suppose most of it is for shock value and not really even true, but I don’t care for the shock v. actual humor. She’s not funny anymore. And yes, she’s totaly ventured into the Chelsea Handler realm of look at me naked. It’s old, lame, played, done. Get some new material.

    Plus, that picture is photo shopped to Hell and back. I just saw her most recent HBO hour long special and she is bigger than that. I don’t care how big a woman is, but don’t call yourself secure with your body and how beautiful your body is even though others deem it fat, just to shave off the edges after a photo shoot to publish a slim-downed version of yourself – kinda defeats the purpose. What is it with some people that need attention and validation so badly? Again – more contradiction between their words and actions – if you’re good with yourself, no need to keep shoving your naked self down our throats. I’m embarrassed for her/them.

  28. MC2 says:

    I’m so disappointed in this these comments- what will make you happy!? She’s fat, not fat, built by muscle & fat…..jeeze lousie ladies! You are making me sad. This photo shoot is one of the only ones made from women who accomplished something more then being a model and they are showing off their bodies & career accomplishments to try and show a juxtaposition to what we normally see (women only being viewed for their “perfect bodies” but being nameless creatures). We are our own worst critics. I’m seeing myself out now…..this is too much.

    • Kitten says:

      I’m with you, my friend.

    • chloe says:

      I agree with you completely MC2.

    • perplexed says:

      Well, she did pose semi-nude in her underpants for commercial purposes, and is objectifying herself to some degree. Just because she’s not a model doesn’t mean she isn’t doing the same thing that they’re doing in terms of commodifying her body. From there, comments will arise. She herself put out commentary about her picture through her tweet. Maybe it was an anticipatory tweet to try and “prove” what others might say about her, but she also was commenting.

      I think more people are just surprised she’d be considered fat (which I think she HERSELF may have mentioned in HER own tweet as something she probably was speculating that others might say) when she doesn’t look so in the picture. I think that’s what people are responding to, more than the picture itself. I don’t know if I have much of a reaction to the picture and her body and how she feels about it doesn’t affect my life so I don’t know if I really feel inclined to laud her for doing a photo shoot, but I can see how the tweet AND the picture together might bring about more commentary than usual, or make someone reflect on what she herself is saying and then look at the picture to see if the picture aligns with her commentary in her tweet.

      • perplexed says:

        Also, to add, if photoshop was involved in any way, then naturally one would also question the authenticity of the message she might be striving to put out (whatever that may be, which could be many things, not just one — she could have easily done the photo for her own vanity or to promote her career as much as she was trying to dismantle a certain beauty ideal).

  29. Tiffany says:

    I envy Serena’s body. I wish like I had a tenth of the motivation to have it.

    • Artemis says:

      Motivation comes and goes, it’s discipline that you need to achieve and maintain that type of body. Serena doesn’t like workouts at all and she doesn’t like getting up early either so what she practices must be discipline. Even the best trainers have said that motivation is a fleeting feeling that you cannot always follow in the moment but discipline, that’s the trick for everything in life.

  30. Wilma says:

    I really like the Ava DuVernay one. To me she looks punk rock and like the coolest girl in school in her photo, like: I want to be her or try to be friends with her.

  31. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    So all you have to do now to be “brave” is be photographed naked?

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Amy’s done more than that, though. She speaks against gender stereotypes regularly. Not just in her interviews, but also through her sketches and movies.

    • Nina says:

      I’m confused by the photo. It almost looks like a mockery of the traditional pinups. Like the joke is on the men looking for a skinny sexy model. But, the joke also seems to be on Amy, a bit, for posing in that naked shot, subverting traditional notions oS what’s sexy, but still not quite making it sexy, you know? Or, at least im not finding it hot. The whole thing is confounding to me – is she trying to say, look I’m sexy too? Or, ha, the joke is on you for being here for the sexy shot? Or, is the joke on Amy for trying to squeeze into the norms of what’s considered hot? I think it would have been better to see her in a shot where she displays her humor.

  32. Laura says:

    I love Amy! Loved her in “Trainwreck”, love her in this photo, and love her crazy sense of humour!

  33. unicorn says:

    I love Amy’s humour and love her even more for this photo – she is representing!!! You go girl!!!

  34. Jonathan says:

    Well, this is one calendar with ‘naked’ women I’d really like to be able to put up at my desk at work. I think the various body types included are exactly the kind that deserve to be celebrated- bodies that are exceptionally, fabulously normal.

    I fricking adore Amy’s shot. The coffee, the facial expression, OMFG. Perfect. I want a framed print of that for my lounge room wall – and I literally don’t own any other pictures that I hang on walls. Its an excellent image, such a humorous parody of a naked shot.