While in Metro World New’s Paris office Karl Lagerfeld, an outspoken designer gave his views on some of the top stories of the day. Amongst the topics Lagerfeld gave his opinion on were; the Queen’s jubilee, Women in Russia and M.I.A and her use of the middle finger. The topic that caused the most commotion however was Lana Del Rey and Adele.
According to Metro.us, when Lagerfeld was questioned about Del Rey he had this to say, “I prefer Adele and Florence Welch. But as a modern singer she is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana Del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She’s not alone with implants.” This reponse caused a media frenzy. Calling Adele “a little too fat” made headlines worldwide.
Lagerfeld has since responded to the controversial statement by adding, “I’d like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer,” and insisting that the fat comment was taken out of context from how it was originally published. “I actually prefer Adele, she is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance.”
While the media eats up stories such as this, the idea of what is thin and what is too fat has been heavily influenced by ads, magazines and Hollywood. Film and television stars are becoming younger, taller and thinner which greatly influences the average woman. The onslaught of messages about weight, diet and beauty tells ordinary women they are constantly in need of improvement. Even established movie stars can not escape the pressure to be thin. Stars like Jessica Simpson, Brittany Spears and Christina Aguilera have been badgered by magazines and the media for gaining ten pounds.
The image of the female body is everywhere and is used to sell everything from cars to soap, and the ever present images of painfully thin women has become the standard of beauty. Women learn to compare themselves and compete with these images as well as other women, judging themselves by the beauty industry’s standards.
Adele has been outspoken in defending her weight against mindless critics who focus on her body rather than her music. When it comes to body image she says, “I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down, and I don’t want that in my life.” The singer is not without her insecurities but she opts not to spend time with those who point it out to her, adding that her life is full of drama and she doesn’t have time to worry about something as petty as what she looks like.