Karl Lagerfeld Hates On "Much, Much Overweight" Women

Karl Lagerfeld, the visionary designer behind Chanel, is running his mouth again. While a majority of the fashion industry seems like they are trying to move forward in embracing all shapes and sizes, Karl seems stuck in the past. Rarely one to mince words, he recently stated, “Nobody works with anorexic girls, that’s nothing to do with fashion.There are less than one per cent of anorexic girls, but there more than 30 per cent of girls in France, – I don’t know about England – that are much, much overweight. And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health. So I think today with the junk food in front of the TV it’s something dangerous for the health of the girl.”
Now, Lagefeld probably isn’t talking about the morbidly obese but even if he was, being anorexic is still a more immediate and life-threatening illness to battle. Perhaps if this was the the first comment of the sort that Lagerfeld had made, it wouldn’t be that alarming but lately he’s been on a role in promoting his archaic view of what makes a woman beautiful. It wasn’t too long ago that he said that Adele was, “…a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice,” as if the backhanded compliment makes up for his hurtful comment.
To him, models at the moment are “not that skinny,” but it’s still not okay for the average woman to carry a little extra weight in his opinion. Has he seen the models on the runway? Did he not hear about Karlie Kloss getting her protruding ribs photoshopped out of a photograph? While these women may not fit his standard for being too thin, they are still a lot skinnier than the average women. And they still represent an ideal that is unreachable and quite frankly, unhealthy for most women.
I understand that obesity is a major problem in developed societies but we need to find a balance between really being obese and calling those of us who don’t fit model sizes FAT. I like that other people in the modeling industry are trying to embrace curvier women but it hurts the cause when one of the world’s top designers keeps on making these incendiary compliments. So how about this: let’s just ignore what Mr. Lagerfeld says. It’s clear that he’s pretty out of touch with the average woman thinks, how she looks, and who she is. We can still appreciate the beauty of his clothes but let’s not give his words too much weight.
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