Dear Amy Schumer,
See, we don’t really have a plan here, but I guess you of all people have taught us about improvisation and authenticity and the importance of saying exactly what you want to say, when you want to say it. There might be some run ons here and a missed comma there, but neither of us graduated college YET so I guess we have some time to learn how to put a grammatically correct sentence together. Sorry if you get 3,000 fan letters a day but we like to think this one is unique. Maybe we think too highly of ourselves and our mission (doubtful) but especially you understand self-confidence, and that is exactly why we’re writing to you in the first place.
Perhaps the polite thing to do would be to introduce ourselves. I mean we know who you are but you don’t know us, we don’t think…
We’re two girls (one a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan and one a rising junior at the University of Miami) who work for a company designed to guide the millenial generation of women, in all aspects of their lives. Sounds like something you’d like, right? Shockingly, we have a name. Call us She’s Fit To Lead. Our mission: to teach women how to be the best possible versions of themselves, mind and body. Our secret weapon: confidence.
One of the coolest parts about She’s Fit to Lead is our Fit List. Every week we induct another “fit to lead” woman to this prestigious club, compiling a long list of females that exemplify confidence and empowerment.
We pick you, Amy Schumer, to be on our Fit List due to the fact that you embody all that we are looking for. You are an incredible role model and voice of reason. You are hilarious yet grounded. You are smart and inspirational yet sometimes you struggle, just like all of us.
By choosing you we are bending our rules a bit. We don’t normally select celebrities because the Hollywood spotlight tends to distort reality. PR reps and agents often act as a middle man between an authentic self and the general public, but we believe that you are different. How you act and what you say seems to remain consistent whether it be on the red carpet or with your closest friends. Perhaps this is an assumption on our part and you may be fooling us all but nonetheless we love what you have to say. We believe you’re real. And here’s why we believe it-
“I am a hot-blooded fighter and I am fearless.”
“The moments that make life worth living are when things are at their worst and you find a way to laugh.”
“I feel very comfortable in my own skin. When someone makes jokes about me being heavy, it makes me mad. It’s not true. I’m right where I should be.”
“I just say what I think is the funniest thing I could say. I’m not trying to make headlines. I’m just trying to say the stuff that I think is funny and will make people laugh.”
“I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you.”
Whether you acknowledge your induction or not (we would really appreciate if you do) thank you for inspiring us through your portrayal of confidence.
She’s Fit to Lead