Amy Schumer is known for promoting a positive body image, often fighting naysayers online and in the media at large. But on Tuesday, May 31, Schumer didn’t have to combat Internet trolls alone; instead, she had help from one of her fans on Instagram.
In late 2015, the Inside Amy Schumer star posed almost completely nude to be photographed by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 Pirelli calendar. While this photo is now several months old, Elite Daily says that a fan with the username ‘whitneyzombie’ on Instagram took to the social media platform to share the image of Schumer alongside an image of the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
Schumer posted the side-by-side photo comparing her to Aphrodite following a separate screenshot containing Whitneyzombie’s caption, which prompted women and girls alike to love their bodies as they are.
“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.”
Joining the user’s caption were hashtags like “#bodypositive,” “#everybodyisagoodbody” and “#Aphrodite.”
Schumer’s comment on Whitneyzombie’s body positive post? A simple thank you.