The Evolution Of Amy Schumer, From Stand-Up Comedy To Feeling Comfortable In Her Own Skin

In the spectacular world of showbiz, Amy Schumer stands out not just for her comedic brilliance but also for her unapologetic approach to life, fashion, and the ever-evolving beauty standards. From her early days as a breakthrough comedian with a girl-next-door charm to her recent candid revelations about health and beauty procedures, there's only one word that can describe Schumer's journey in the spotlight: authenticity. 


The comedian has never been one to conform, and that spirit extends beyond the stage. "I am very into making up my own rules. Like, I don't want to play the game and succeed at it," Schumer declared in 2014 (via People). "I want to redefine it. That's the only way I can deal with it. Maybe that's naïve." As the years rolled on, Schumer's fashion, beauty, and health journey unfolded like a candid conversation with a close friend, full of highs, lows, and unfiltered revelations. In a world often defined by unrealistic standards — particularly for women — Schumer has a refreshing take on self-discovery and resilience.

2007-2010: Amy's breakthrough as a young comedian with a girl-next-door style

After earning her degree in theater, Schumer took a bold step into the world of stand-up comedy. Her breakthrough moments came through projects like "Live at Gotham" and "Last Comic Standing," showcasing her natural comedic talent. Schumer's success wasn't just about breaking barriers as a woman in a male-dominated industry; it was also her relatability that made fans adore her. "I was funny enough," the comedian admitted to Variety in hindsight. "But I was probably marketable, and I was given opportunities that forced me to get stronger (as a comic)."


Part of Schumer's appeal has always been the fact that she was authentic. "Amy has an ability as a performer to be both vulnerable and brave that allows the audience to laugh without having to worry about whether she's going to be OK," producer and writer Jessi Klein told Variety. "There's this feeling that even though she's talking about dark or uncomfortable topics, you're safe with her." With a girl-next-door style, she effortlessly connected with audiences, marking the beginning of a career that would see her evolve not just as a comedian but also as a woman in the world of show business.

2011: The comedian is all about being confident

In 2011, Amy Schumer was all about embracing confidence, a trait that would become a hallmark of her evolution in the spotlight. As a comedian on the rise, Schumer made it clear that confidence was key in every aspect of her life, be it in her comedic performances, her fashion choices, or her approach to dating. In a piece for Cosmopolitan, Schumer opened up about her confidence. "There will always be people who don't like my stand-up, just like there will always be men who don't want to date me. People have different tastes," the comedian said. "But everyone is drawn to confidence if it's real. So in the same fashion I deliver my jokes, I introduce myself to a guy. I am unapologetic and confident. If it doesn't work out? Next! Why judge yourself?"


This commitment to confidence not only set her apart but also became an integral part of her identity. It was during this time that Schumer began to navigate the entertainment industry with a self-assured attitude, laying the foundation for the bold and unapologetic personality that fans would come to know and love. Whether on stage, on the red carpet, or in her personal life, the comedian's dedication to owning her self-confidence became a guiding principle that helped shape her journey in the years to come.

2012-2013: Amy reveals how she nourishes her self-esteem

Amy Schumer continued to exude confidence, but the comedian also opened up about the struggles of nurturing her self-esteem. Addressing the inevitable challenges that come with projecting confidence, Schumer remarked, "People get mad at confidence, and they wanna knock it down. And you need to know that's gonna happen and just hold onto it," to HuffPost in 2013. "I have moments all the time when I don't feel good about myself, and I don't feel comfortable in my own skin, but I always find my way back." This candid revelation showcased Schumer's authenticity and vulnerability, proving that even someone so self-assured can struggle with self-doubt. "Get your self-image from your relationships with the people who know you," Schumer explained. "No matter what's going on, I know I'm a really great sister, I'm a great friend, and that's who I am. And I can feel beautiful and sexy without it all being about feedback." Sharing her insight on confidence quickly turned Schumer into a role model for those who struggle with their self-esteem.


In her interview with HuffPost, Schumer also emphasized the effect of insulting a woman's appearance, acknowledging that such actions are done in order to strip away her power. She expressed the idea that criticism of a woman's appearance often stems from a sense of threat, and according to Schumer, this dynamic is rooted in fear. "It's all about fear, and I don't see people getting any less afraid any [time] soon," she concluded.

2014: Amy voices her opinions on the beauty industry

In 2014, Amy Schumer candidly shared the challenges of a busy year filled with plenty of stress. Despite the hectic schedule, she recognized the importance of allowing herself to relax, slow down, and prioritize self-care. "This year was crazy!" the comedian told Variety in 2014. "I felt like if I wasn't running on stress, then I would be f***ing up. But in the last few months, I've started to just chill out and enjoy things. I feel good about the work I'm generating." With the confidence she was consistently exuding, Schumer quickly became one of the most successful female comedians of her generation.


Schumer also delved into her non-judgemental perspective on plastic surgery in a 2014 interview with Cosmopolitan. "I don't judge anybody for having plastic surgery at all," she said. However, she acknowledged that the industry is often driven by insecurities and that — especially in the world of glitz and glam — getting work done seems to be a never-ending journey. "I think the industry surrounding it and the drive to do it and how it seems like usually it's never enough — I think that's bad. I don't think it's great for people," Schumer admitted. "It's an industry that preys on insecurities and quick fixes ... and then you do something, and then it's too late." The comedian's candid approach to discussing plastic surgery showcased her understanding of the industry's complexities, helping her connect with her audience on a relatable level even more.


2015: The comedian explores glamorous red-carpet fashion

By the time the mid-2010s rolled around, Amy Schumer had already established herself as Hollywood's relatable, funny girl. During this period, the star embarked on a noticeable style evolution, opting to embrace more glamorous and Hollywood-worthy fashion. "My mission is just to create a frame for her personality," designer Narciso Rodriguez revealed to (via Glamour). While Schumer always seemed to be opinionated, and surely that applied to fashion too, working with designers and stylists helped the star elevate her look. Of course, her comedic talent remained the focal point of her career, but in 2015, Schumer added a touch of elegance to her public image.


Despite showcasing more glamorous red-carpet fashion, Amy Schumer remained candid about the ongoing challenges she faced. The comedian acknowledged the struggles she's confronted throughout her life, which were now intensified by the pressures of the industry she worked in. "It's been a struggle for me my whole life, and especially just being in the entertainment industry. Standing on a stage in front of people, I can't perform my best or be confident if I'm not sure — if I'm pulling at something [I'm wearing]," Schumer shared (via The Wrap). "And sometimes, I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, 'I'm not gonna go do stand-up tonight.'"

2016: Amy makes history while admitting she isn't impressed with the Met Gala

In 2016, Amy Schumer made history as the first woman on Forbes' Highest-Paid Comedians list, paving the way for the new generation. Despite her financial success, Schumer remained candid about the difficulties she experienced with fashion, admitting that "Trainwreck" stylist Leesa Evans helped the comedian understand fashion better. "My sister and I, we both have always dressed badly," Schumer revealed (via The Wrap). "Leesa had given me this gift of showing me how to dress and feel good. And she didn't have to do this, she just did." The two continued working together after the movie, and Evans revealed to The New York Times how they pick looks. "We make decisions in a simple way," Evans said. "We don't talk about what's current season or next season. We don't even care. We just choose the dress she looks and feels the best in. She is definitely comfortable in her skin, and that's something we try to embrace."


Despite attending the Met Gala — the fashion event of the year — the comedian expressed her discomfort with the event, labeling it a "farce" and confessing her disinterest in the spectacle (via People). Even encounters with stars like Beyoncé couldn't sway her, as Schumer declared, "It's my last [Met Gala]" when speaking to Howard Stern. However, the star seemingly changed her mind, as she attended the event again. 

2017: The comedian uses fashion to feel confident

In 2017, Amy Schumer opened up about how fashion became a powerful tool for boosting confidence. Embracing fashion more boldly, Schumer and stylist Leesa Evans aimed to transform the red carpet narrative. "We're ready for no more criticism and a lot of positivity on the red carpet," Schumer's stylist Evans revealed (via The New York Times). "Amy and I genuinely want to support individuality and for everyone to feel less fearful of the red carpet and have more of the fun that goes with dressing up."


Evans, emphasizing the comedian's simplicity and authenticity, revealed to Coveteur, "Amy is such a simple person at heart; she really is so authentic and so appreciates something that is effortless." Whether in daily life or on the red carpet, Evans' focus was on making Schumer feel confident and at ease. "She's then able to be her authentic, hilarious, and adorable self because there's no additional thought about being awkward or uncomfortable," Evans said. By choosing confidence over conformity, Schumer's style journey remained a celebration of being true to oneself.

2018-2019: The comedian attempts to challenge beauty standards with 'I Feel Pretty'

Amy Schumer continued to actively challenge beauty standards, notably through her film "I Feel Pretty." However, the movie received mixed reviews with The New York Times calling it out on not going deep enough in its attempt to discuss self-esteem. Addressing the backlash, Schumer clarified the movie's message, stating, "It's not about an ugly troll becoming beautiful; it's about a woman who has low self-esteem finding some" (via Vulture). The comedian emphasized that everyone has the right to struggle with their confidence. "We all struggle with self-esteem. ... Your friends, who you think are so beautiful, they could be struggling too. You want them to see themselves the way you see them, but it's not our place to say who should be allowed to have low self-esteem."


In 2018, she exited her long-time agency, saying, "I loved those guys, but I just didn't feel support for, like, 'This is who Amy is, and she's not going to be this other thing. I felt like I was disappointing my team by not being Barbie" (via The Hollywood Reporter). Also in 2018, Schumer ventured into the fashion realm when she launched Le Cloud, a collection created with stylist Leesa Evans. The 23-piece collection aimed to provide a cloud-like comfort. Sharing insights into Schumer's approach with Today, Evans quoted the star's repeated question, "Now, does this feel like a cloud?" The collection, initially available at Saks Off Fifth, showcased the star's desire for comfort.

2020: Amy admits she prefers comfort over glamour

During the pandemic, Amy Schumer got candid about her preference for comfort over glamour, embracing her signature style of comfy sweatpants and sneakers over glamorous dresses and heels. Of course, the fact that everyone was spending the majority of their time at home certainly allowed the comedian to rock a more relaxed look.


Prior to the pandemic, Schumer acknowledged her comfort-centric mindset by saying just how important feeling good was to her. "I just have this sense of entitlement that I should be able to feel comfortable at all times, like I could go to bed at any moment in what I'm wearing" (via People). This certainly resonated with many, normalizing the prioritization of comfort in the world of fashion. And even though the pandemic ended and the world continued buzzing, plenty have decided to continue their relaxed approach to fashion, Amy Schumer included.

2021: Amy uses fashion to make a health statement

Once vaccines against COVID-19 became available, Amy Schumer made a bold health statement by using fashion as a medium to showcase her commitment to getting vaccinated. The star, known for her humorous and unconventional approach, donned a sparkly red carpet dress for the occasion, cleverly incorporating a cutout to facilitate the vaccination process. In a video shared on her Instagram, Schumer lightheartedly remarked, "I just wanted to maybe entertain some of the workers here during our 15 minutes" (via Business Insider). This unique and playful gesture not only highlighted Schumer's distinctive sense of humor but also emphasized the importance of promoting vaccination and health awareness.


In the caption, the star urged her followers to follow in her footsteps and not only get vaccinated but to do so in style. "Take a pic of yourself getting the vaccine in your best suit or nicest dress," she wrote. "Nice way to show respect to the people working there who understand the enormity of what it is they are doing," she added. By combining a health-related moment with some fashion and a touch of comedy, Schumer succeeded in creating a memorable and impactful statement that resonated with her audience, reinforcing the idea that fashion can also serve as a powerful platform for advocacy.

2022: The comedian opens up about beauty procedures

In a candid revelation in 2022, Amy Schumer opened up about her decision to undergo liposuction, a procedure she thought she would never do. On an episode of the "Dear Chelsea" podcast, Schumer shared, "I got liposuction. I never thought that I was going to do anything like that. Like, when I would hear, 'liposuction,' I was just like, 'That's so crazy to me.' I would say that I'm not ever going to do anything," (via RealSelf). The star's openness about changing her mind and the transparency she has for her fans certainly prove Schumer isn't afraid of being herself.


Plastic surgeon Dr. Jordan S. Terner shed some light on Schumer's motivations behind the procedure. "She wasn't feeling so confident about the way she was looking," Dr. Terner revealed to RealSelf. "Amy hadn't been able to work out, she was in pain, she was feeling bloated — and she wanted a kickstart to get back in shape. It's not about being the skinniest — it's just about having a nice shape and feeling good about yourself." Schumer's openness about her choice to undergo the procedure reflects her commitment to body positivity while also challenging societal norms and expectations. This ended up only underscoring the comedian's belief in making personal choices that contribute to feeling good and confident.


2023-present: Amy continues being authentic and truthful

Amy Schumer continues to navigate her journey in the spotlight with total openness. In fact, during an interview on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Schumer candidly shared her experience with Ozempic, a weight loss medication that has recently become popular amongst the rich and famous. "Like a year ago, I tried it," she said (via People). "I was one of those people that felt so sick and couldn't play with my son. I was so skinny, and he's throwing a ball at me, and [I couldn't]." Schumer's straightforward acknowledgment of the challenges she faced once again showcases her commitment to being real with those who look up to her.


Expressing her frustration with societal expectations as well as the fact that not everyone is as transparent as the star, Schumer boldly stated, "Everyone has been lying saying, 'Oh smaller portions.' Like shut the f*** up. You are on Ozempic or one of those things, or you got work done. Just stop. Be real with the people. When I got lipo, I said I got lipo." This refusal to conform to societal pressures and her insistence on authenticity contribute to Schumer's relatability and resonate with a broader audience. Through her journey, the comedian continues to showcase honesty and self-acceptance, and with that, she clearly urges everyone else to do so as well.