Amy Schumer is known for getting candid when it comes to topics like body confidence and embracing yourself as you are. But she wasn't always super confident in herself, giving us yet another way to relate to the down-to-earth, calls-it-like-it-is star.
In an interview with Barneys' blog, The Window, Schumer and her stylist Leesa Evans dished on their new project, STYLEFUND, a charity "aimed at improving the process of getting dressed for women and guiding them to find their own individual silhouettes to create true confidence," plus how Evans helped Schumer overcome her fear of fittings and introduced her to the magic of tailoring.
"I had various fittings for different things for many, many years before meeting Leesa," Schumer said. "They were always painful, and I mean physically because of tight materials and bad fits, which was bad because I just want to be swimming in cashmere and feathers all the time … And fittings were painful emotionally too."
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The pair talked about Schumer's first fitting wtith Evans, which Schumer described as a "really emotional" experience. "What I wanted to accomplish that day was to show her how great [fittings] could be," Evans said. "I wanted to change her mindset about the experience she could have … She had to feel it authentically for herself as she was looking and feeling so good—and that’s exactly what happened."
"My whole life, I had suspected that I was very gorgeous, and then my suspicion was correct," joked the comedian, before moving on to a more serious note. "I was ready to feel ashamed and awful, but then I tried on these clothes and as the afternoon went on, I felt and looked great."
Schumer and Evans then realized that this was a universal issue all women face getting dressed every day. "I wanted Leesa to transform my best friends and change their self image, and then I was like, wait why can’t we share this with everyone," Schumer said.
Leesa agreed with the sentiment, adding, "all the billionaire clients I have and all the people we work with at STYLEFUND events with Goodwill and everyone in between—regardless of your age, size, or economic level, we all struggle with how we can feel our best."
"It’s such an emotional, positive, and beautiful experience," Schumer said of the STYLEFUND fittings and events, that cater to women who are going through a transitional period in their life—whether they're looking for a new job, returning home from prison or the military, and even stay-at-home moms. "People have major transformations. Everybody cries."
"The change in how they see themselves affects how people’s family sees them, how their employers see them," Schumer continued. Even she felt a change in her relationships after becoming more self-assured in her clothing, and in her own skin: "The more confident I’ve become, I’ve gotten attention of people telling me I look great or asking me where to get something. I think it’s less about the things I’m wearing and more about how I feel shining through." Glow on, Amy!