“If you’re an actress and you have this area right here, you have to write your own stuff if you want to get it made," Amy Schumer said in her Critics' Choice Award acceptance speech in January. The actress and comedian may not conform to Hollywood's cookie-cutter image of what's considered beautiful, but her body fits the Greek ideal. We have photographic proof.
Instagram user whitneyzombie posted a side-by-side comparison of Schumer's semi-nude portrait for the 2016 Pirelli calendar and a photo of a marble statue of Aphrodite. The resemblance between the Comedy Central star and the goddess of love is striking.
Many described the photo of Schumer, which was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, as "brave," which isn't exactly a compliment.
“That’s what you want everyone to say when a naked photo of you goes viral. You want them to say, ‘What a brave photo,’" Schumer also remarked during her acceptance speech at the Critic's Choice Awards. "You’re like, ‘Thanks, wow, thank you.’”
The Instagram post from whitneyzombie shows that Schumer simply being herself is more beautiful than "brave." "What a wonderful resemblance between two beautiful women," the caption read. "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."
Whitney's post has received a lot of attention after Schumer tweeted it to her more than 4 million followers.
Schumer is more than capable of defeating her body-shaming trolls and calling out Hollywood's body image problem, but this is probably the best use of art history in pop culture ever. Plus, Aphrodite would totally approve of Schumer's love advice.