An Open Letter to Karl Lagerfeld Re: Calling Adele "Fat"
We know you live in a world where protruding bones, malnourishment, and constant critical analysis of the female form is perfectly normal, but we don't like it very much when you step into our world (the non-fashion one, where ladies are allowed to eat more than 500 calories worth of food a day if they want to), and force your limited view of womanhood on everyone.
Do you know how sick and tired rounder women are of hearing that whole "but she has a beautiful face" add-on after the "fatty" accusation? That weird, oh so common, backhanded compliment is one of the most patronizing things a woman could ever hear, and altogether too many women have to hear it on a regular basis. When you say something like that, it's like you're apologizing on their behalf and asking the world to look past something they are probably perfectly happy with. Who are you to say that being "a little fat" is a bad thing?
We know you fashion types usually like to jump to the "thin is healthier" argument at this juncture, but, frankly, you're wrong. Sure, any extreme is bad for you -- being morbidly obese is unhealthy, and being anorexic is unhealthy. But according to a national 2009 study, people classified as "overweight" on the BMI index actually lived the longest out of all the weight categories on that chart. Are you worried Adele might live longer than all those models you surround yourself with?
We hate to stoop to your level Karl, but you yourself haven't always been the most slender of gentlemen. Up until you decided to re-fashion yourself as a reanimated corpse a few years ago, you were definitely rotund. But then you lost 92 pounds in little over a year, and revealed how you did it in The Karl Lagerfeld Diet by Jean-Claude Houdret: No more than 1,200 calories a day (which is less than half of the recommended daily amount for a man), no exercise (because it "runs the risk of making you hungry"), and lots of diet sodas and sweeteners. Not only did you look happier before the weight loss, you were probably healthier.
So Karl, your opinion of who's fat and who's not fat is entirely irrelevant to us -- and probably to Adele, too. After all, this is a woman who has consistently shrugged off idiots like yourself. She told
Similarly, she told Rolling Stone the summer before that: "I don't like going to the gym. I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine."
We know who we'd rather go out for an evening with, Karl. Next time someone asks you about a musician, why don't you talk about her music, or -- since it's your thing -- her clothes? Her size and shape has nothing to do with you, or anyone else for that matter. At 78, you should know better.
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