I really want to like this cover, because it’s the first one (at least that I can recall) which has presented Amy Schumer as a person rather than as a caricature (for example, when she was mugging naked and covered with tiny booze bottles on EW). And it’s about time.
But it makes me laugh that a cover line screams, “It’s All About That Face,” right next to a photo in which Amy Schumer’s own face has been made to look like Nicole Kidman: Post-Cruise Frozen Edition. And given that Amy Schumer is someone who has made bank off of cracking wise about whether she’s hot enough to be famous, you’d best tread REALLY CAREFULLY with the Photoshop, because you want her to look a hundred percent like her own gorgeous self and not like you’re trying to fix anything. Because Amy Schumer is totally good-looking enough to be famous, and so let’s honor that and not airbrush it into generic severity. Having said that… I mean, she’s still in there. It’s not unrecognizable. But it isn’t great.
She is also wearing a dress that looks like someone tried to make a nightgown out of hospital scrubs — sigh — and then, because I’m That Person, I really am sincerely peevish about the cover quote not pluralizing “voice” into “voices” so that it matches the subject, because I don’t think the intent was to tell women to use their collective voice but rather their individual ones. I mean, plenty of people use colloquial grammar when speaking, and Amy can’t control what quotes are pulled by the magazine, but the editors can. LE SIGH. I know that’s picky. But I can’t help who I am, and so while we’re here, I would also have stuck an Oxford comma after “for day” in the fashion line about sequins and denim and stuff. Screw your style manuals! OXFORD COMMAS FOREVER.
But mostly I just wish Amy had gotten to have more glam fun, without looking so much like a post-Botox Nicole. When you want to trumpet your cover subject’s awesomeness, don’t simultaneously undercut it.