Karl Lagerfeld thinks Adele is too fat, world outraged

Karl Lagerfeld thinks Adele is too fat

Karl Lagerfeld cemented his “Prince of Darkness” image today by revealing to Metro Paris that he thinks Adele is “a little too fat”. Kaiser Karl said:

“The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.”

Naturally, most of the Internet is up in arms, because while it’s perfectly acceptable to say someone is “too thin” these days, calling someone “fat” just isn’t on, is it?

What do you think? Is Karl a big ol’ meanie, or is he just stating the obvious, as some commentators have argued? 

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35 Comments

  • February 7, 2012

    Leslie via Facebook

    I don’t think he meant badly. He was fat himself and changed his entire diet to get so slim. And he only said “a little too fat”. So it’s not like he’s saying she should be a stick. I think she’d look healthier if she dropped 10 or 15. Of course, I need to as well and it’s easier said than done!

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  • February 7, 2012

    Nadine via Facebook

    Hmm but it was him to push Beth Dito…

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  • February 7, 2012

    Marianne S.

    If Adele was in fashion, maybe Karl’s comment would be relevant. It’s still mean, no matter what. And she will always have a beautiful voice.

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  • February 7, 2012

    Natasha

    Stating the obvious, although I don’t know that was neccessary. Why be mean? Is it any of his business how much she weighs?

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  • February 7, 2012

    Rachel Gray

    It is reasonable to expect a Lagerfeld to use fashion-minded criteria to assess the woman.
    Did Lagerfeld judge by the criteria used by the philosopher of science?
    I think not, Madame.

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  • February 7, 2012

    Kirsty

    I think it should be equally as rude/offensive/mean to say someone is too skinny. However, no one uses ‘skinny’ as an insult, and the fact is you are much more likely to be criticised and laughed at for being overweight than underweight. What people should realise is that going too far in either direction is not good for your health. As for Adele, I love her voice, and I think her appearance is her concern and no one else’s.

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    • February 8, 2012

      Brooke

      People definitely use “skinny” as an insult sometimes! Just read all the “eat a sandwich” comments around this site. Too fat or too skinny, comments like Lagerfield’s are inexcusable.

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      • February 8, 2012

        The Fashion Police

        Totally. Almost every single day I’m depressed by the comments people leave here about women who “need to eat a sandwich” or are “scary skinny”, “lollipop heads” etc – all said in the nastiest way possible. In the five years I’ve been running this site, though, I don’t think I’ve EVER seen someone comment negatively about an overweight person: the only comments made about larger women’s figures revolve around them being “real” and “curvy”. I realise this site is a microcosm of society, and that things are different in “real life”, (although I’ve seen people bash “skinnies” in real life, too) but on the internet at least there’s a real double standard whereby people feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to make cruel comments about thin people, but are highly offended by the use of the word “fat”. Neither is acceptable, as far as I’m concerned.

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  • February 7, 2012

    Monica

    Not being mean – just stating the obvious!

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  • February 7, 2012

    Kuri

    Looking at the statement, I think it weird for him to speak first to her weight, then to her voice. I guess that reflects the order of importance in his world, but for a normal person, it’s still very jarring. There are a great many musicians I love but have only a vague idea of what they look like.

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  • February 7, 2012

    Roisin

    Sigh, Karl Lagerfeld, you’ve made me sigh. If Adele should be criticised for anything, it should be for the blandness and ubiquity of ‘Someone Like You’. Her weight is immaterial. Sadly enough, I don’t think he meant to be offensive in his comment but I think commenting that someone’s body is too ANYTHING is totally inappropriate. So, Lagerfeld – SHOVE IT. SIDEWAYS.

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  • February 7, 2012

    Kim

    Completely inappropriate comment. But he’s in the fashion industry, so of course it’s going to be the first thing he says about her.

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  • February 7, 2012

    Chris via Facebook

    Love Adele, and he is right with all 3 statements

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  • February 8, 2012

    Lili @ Relatable Style

    I have no issue with her weight (not that she would care anyway), but I wish she would wear less black. It’s really not good on her.

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  • February 8, 2012

    MIley

    Well, Adele herself said that she wants to lose weight, so it’s pretty obvious that she’s overweight. On the other hand, she’s not trying to be a model, she’s a singer.

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  • February 8, 2012

    Emily

    Fat is not – or should not – be an insult.

    However, Lagerfeld probably meant it to be. It’s likely that he thinks that being fat is an incredibly negative trait.

    It’s bizarre that he felt the need to discuss Adele, or her weight, at all.

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    • February 12, 2012

      Viper

      Why do you believe “fat” should not be a negative thing to be?

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  • February 8, 2012

    Sara

    Wake up people. Of course it is rude, sexist nonsense for this peculiar man to comment on a woman’s body in such a casually judgmental manner.

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    • February 8, 2012

      Emily

      A negative comment isn’t sexist because it’s about a woman, you wouldn’t be crying sexism if he’s said the same about James Corden I’m sure.

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      • February 8, 2012

        Emily

        Well said Emily and to be honest I think Karl is quite free to have his own opinion. Clearly Adele is over the ideal weight for her height. Chill out everyone! And as for all these rants, whinging about people calling people too skinny… just highlighting self insecurities really. Eat healthy and stop worrying!!!!!

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  • February 8, 2012

    kitty

    She IS a little fat, it’s not mean, it’s just a fact. It’s completely unfair how people get so up in arms about calling people fat, yet it’s totally OK to be like ‘she’s way too thin!’, ‘put on some weight!’. I’m naturally really skinny and some people at school started saying that I had an eating disorder- not OK!

    On a related note it’s also so unfair how people bash skinny models on catwalks, yet when some grotesque morbidly obese model comes down the runway they’re applauded- it’s not healthy to be too thin, but its way worse to be too fat!

    Sorry about the rant 😛

    Kitty xoxo

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    • February 8, 2012

      Kim

      kitty, it’s not just a fact.

      ‘She is fat’ is a statement of fact. ‘She is too fat’ is a judgement. Lagerfield was passing judgement, not stating fact. Just like the person who assumed you had an eating disorder, he doesn’t know anything about her health and therefore has no idea if she is ‘too’ fat or not.

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    • February 14, 2012

      Mimi

      “it’s not healthy to be too thin, but its way worse to be too fat!”

      FALSE. See comment below for a more detailed, scientific explanation as to why you are wrong. But if you find it a bit confusing because of the terms used which you are unfamiliar with, let me tell you the gist of it;

      Simply looking at a person’s weight and body shape is NOT enough to determine whether that person is healthy or not.

      I know someone who’s naturally VERY skinny. She’s less than 90 pounds even at 5’5″, but she does not enjoy exercise NOR eat vegetables and would rather have a bag of deep fried potato chips for dinner than a sandwich with meat and vegetables which could provide her with more nourishment as compared to the former food option. Yet no matter how many bags of chips or fast food take-outs she eats (heck, even if she eats them everyday), the weight she’d gain in a month would be very minimal because she has a really fast metabolism.

      And there’s this other person I know who’s a size 12, and she frequently exercises (I know this because we go to the same gym, and my trainer says she goes there to exercise everyday) and enjoys extreme sports, plus she makes sure she eats the right kind of food (i.e. vegetables and fruits + proper amounts of protein, carbohydrates, etc) to give her body the nourishment it needs. She’s been living this kind of lifestyle her entire life since her parents are also very active, yet she says that she has always been a size 12.

      Now, who do you think is healthier?

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    • February 16, 2012

      Kim

      Plus sized models are not morbidly obese. They tend to be anywhere from size 6 (for real) to size 12. More and more, “plus” modeling is just regular models who might be like ten pounds over the modeling ideal.

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  • February 8, 2012

    Claudia

    to kitty: being fat is not “way worse”, as a medical student when people have eating disorders it can cause electrolyte disturbances that can eventually lead to arrhythmias and can make the persons heart stop beating. This is how many models with eating disorders have died. Being overweight is not good either because it affects your heart health, your arteries, kidneys etc. both extremes are bad for a persons health.

    If Adele wants to lose weight because it is affecting her health so be it. but if she is happy this way and healthy let her be. (she should stop smoking though) I may not be the skinniest person out there, but I eat healthily and exercise and i am in good health, when compared to stick thin friends of mine who eat junk food but are naturally skinny and have high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Appearances can be deceiving, but it basically comes down to genetics and what you put in you mouth. and FYI they are not grotesque obese models but plus size models. thank you very much.

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    • February 14, 2012

      Mimi

      This comment says everything there is to say.
      And please, “Kitty”, if you get offended when people tell you to “eat a sandwich!” or when they think you’re too skinny, plus size girls feel the same when they are insulted. Also, imagine being called “grotesque and morbidly skinny”. Do you like the sound of that statement when it’s directed at you?

      I thought so.

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  • February 9, 2012

    Lína Langsokkur

    Well. Adele is bigger than the average superstar out there. However her figure is not connected with her health and is just a matter of taste in different body forms (and the fashion industry is much more fond of skinny models than big ones. As a matter of fact they often pose normal women as “plus size”. Since when is being a size 10 being plus size?)
    Her health is much more damaged by her smoking than her figure because she is not in that state for the fat to be damaging or unhealthy.
    I have always been a bigger girl but in a good way I think. I have an hourglass shaped figure but relatively small breasts and a flat tummy. From the day I could walk I have heard constant comments about my weight. From family, friends and very often people I don’t know. Just two weeks ago a man I haven’t got a clue who is spoke to my father about my weight. These people don’t know that my health is excellent. I run a lot – I’m really strong – My cardio is really good. But people don’t care about this because we live in a world were the centimeters around your waste matter more. We should focus on peoples health and not their figure ’cause they’re not necessarily connected.
    Also I think talent comes first and looks later.
    About Sara’s comment, she is right. It is sexist because nobody is out there calling Zach Galifianakis or Cee Lo Green fat (even though the latter one is obviously obese). Their talents are valued more than their looks. A fat bloke is just funny – a fat girl is not (except maybe Queen Latifah but her figure always comes first… (but again it is more acceptable for african-american women to be bigger than for girls of other races)
    My point is – Yes, Adele is a bigger girl – some might call her fat. But her talent is so much more and we, as a society, really should stop wondering about other people’s weight and cherish all figures simply because they are all equally as beautiful while they are not really unhealthy. Skinny girls and fat girls are both gorgeous while they are not anorexic or obese. We should not narrow this down and call thin girls too skinny or fatter girls too fat unless they really are. The world has room for so much more than that.

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  • February 10, 2012

    Tali

    She didn’t ask for his opinion. Stating the obvious would be as well to comment on his wrinkles. It’s just stating the obvious isn’t it? Only unasked and unwanted.

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  • February 12, 2012

    anon

    “too fat” for what? for singing? his comment and opinion is irrelevant.

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  • February 12, 2012

    Laura

    Why did he even feel the need to say it about her? What relevance does it have to anything?

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    • February 16, 2012

      Kim

      To be fair…he was asked. Somebody in the fashion press asked him who his favorite singers are. He lives in a world where size 6 girls model clothes meant for women bigger than Adele and size 10 is firmly in the “plus” range. His current “slimmed down” physique is extreme in its tininess. His view is skewed.

      Frankly if I’d been Adele I would have been more offended at Noel Gallagher’s suggestion that she “won’t last” because she’s a girl. You know, Noel Gallagher from Oasis that band that got huge in 1996 and were all done by 1998. Yeah, that Noel Gallagher.

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  • February 13, 2012

    Arielle

    Sometimes people say things that are not particularly kind. It happens. Getting outraged over it is usually a waste of energy. I’d focus instead on the fact that, as he said, she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. There are plenty of people that would be happy to have the latter two things even if it came with being ‘a little too fat.’ I, for one, am VERY pleased that she has been able to succeed in the music industry despite not being the normal female singer we see marketed so much these days. Musical talent SHOULD trump appearances.

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  • February 16, 2012

    Kim

    What he said was perfectly truthful and reasonable. She is indeed “a little bit” on the heavy side. It doesn’t stop her from being really beautiful. However, as a pertinent observation here: Karl Lagerfeld is himself what I would classify “more than a little bit” too skinny these days. He’s manorexic. I understand that he thinks he’s helping her by pointing it out because he “conquered a weight problem” but he didn’t actually conquer it, he just traded in one type of weight problem for another.

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  • February 18, 2012

    Melanie

    I’m a little surprised at the backlash that he received for this. I dont think that he meant it to be rude to her. He called her “a little fat” not a huge whale that needs to go on a diet. Of course we all know Karl lost weight. I think he knows how lousy it feels to carry extra pounds, and I’ll bet hes glad hes rid of them

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  • May 6, 2012

    Alex

    I agree that it’s never fair to criticise anyone for their weight, people come in different sizes PERIOD.
    You cannnot tell anything about a person’s health from their weight either, so telling anyone to eat a sandwich (or not to) is just plain wrong…
    That being said is telling someone they’re skinny worse then telling someone they’re fat? NO. It’s really not.
    A skinny girl can open any magazine, look at a website like this one and feel validated about their worth as a human being, for a fat girl there is no such societal reinforcement that they are beautiful. Instead everyone feels they have the right to discuss your body as though you owe it to them to lose weight…no comparison.

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