The actress got emotional about her battle with body image

By Ana Calderone
Updated October 16, 2015 02:05 PM
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Amy Schumer has no problem taking a stab at herself for a good laugh – but she hasn’t always been this comfortable in the body she recently compared to a “lava lamp.”

“It’s been a struggle for me my whole life,” the comedian, 34, tells Maria Schriver on Today while at a style empowerment workshop. “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.”

Her inability to find the right clothes almost held her back in her career.

“Sometimes I would just want to throw in the towel and be like, ‘I’m not going to do stand up tonight,’ ” says the actress.

But everything changed when she met her stylist Leesa Evans on the set of Trainwreck.

“Leesa had given me this gift of showing me how to dress and feel good,” says Schumer. And that’s not all she did. “She shopped for my sister [Kim Caramele], also.”

“Seeing my little sister wearing a little blazer and a shirt and looking just like a strong, beautiful woman, I realized that holding myself back was also holding her back,” says Schumer while fighting back tears. “To see the person I care the most about being given those tools was really moving for me and I just wanted to give it to every woman.”

While hosting the workshop with Goodwill, the Inside Amy Schumer star – who recently hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time – handed out advice and inspirational words, but not without a bit of her usual self-deprecating humor.

“I wake up in the morning,” she says, “and I look like Charlize Theron in Monster.”