Amy Schumer became the face of the body positivity movement back in November when she released a nude photo taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar.
The image quickly went viral and was praised for its celebration of self-love, female empowerment, and body positivity. Now, the image is being compared to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
The comparison was made by Whitney Davis, a student at the University of West Georgia, who shared a side-by-side image of Schumer and a statue of Aphrodite earlier this week on Instagram:
On the left is a sculpture of the goddess Aphrodite, who is renowned for her beauty. On the right is @amyschumer. What a wonderful resemblance between two beautiful women. So many women and young girls are shamed by the media and fashion industry for not having a flat stomach and not being a size zero. But look, the goddess of beauty is portrayed here with stomach rolls and doesn’t have a perfectly smooth, toned body. I want to remind everyone that they do not have to be a Victoria’s Secret model to be a beautiful goddess with a beautiful body. Your body is not bad, ugly, or wrong. Embrace your inner goddess. #bodypositive #amyschumer #everybodyisagoodbody #Aphrodite
At time of writing, the post had garnered 29.3k likes.
An outspoken advocate of body positivity, Schumer is an inspiration for all women to embrace their figures and be confident.
That’s why you should stop saying these 6 negative things about your body now.
“I feel fat.”
Though this is a very real feeling (trust me), there is nothing productive about stating you ‘feel fat.’ In fact, saying it out loud is only going to make you feel fatter, frankly.
“Do I have cellulite?”
Who cares? The reality is, everyone from lean models to professional athletes can have cellulite. It’s time to stop obsessing over every little dimple. We have bigger things to worry about.
“I’m not bikini-ready”
Then get bikini-ready. In the meantime, there’s no point in missing out on something you love (like a day at the beach or the pool) because you don’t feel comfortable in your skin.
“I’m such a pig”
Sadly, it’s become natural for some females to speak negatively about themselves after consuming an indulgent meal. Doing so counteracts the joy you inevitably feel in eating that meal – don’t ruin it with a negative aftertaste.
“I hate my (insert body part here)”
Every woman has “problem areas.” Some let this affect them more than others. Instead of focusing on what you don’t like, pay extra attention to highlight what you do like.
“I’ll never look like that”
There is nothing constructive about negatively comparing yourself to another female for any reason. Sure, you may never look like her, but she may never possess any of your celebrated assets either.