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Adele is coming back! Adele is coming back!
We can barely contain our excitement that the "Someone Like You" singer has RSVP'd for the Golden Globes, where she's a nominee (and our projected winner) for her James Bond anthem "Skyfall." Sunday's awards ceremony will mark Adele's first public appearance since last February, and the first event she has attended since becoming a mom in October.
Most people seem to share our enthusiasm for Adele's comeback. A lot of media outlets, however, seem less excited about Adele than they are about her body. Specifically, her "post-baby body." In their headlines about the singer's return, both The Huffington Post and Us Weekly announce that she will "debut" her "post-baby body" at the Golden Globes. (Why "debut"? Is her body a new iPhone? Is it a debutante?)
This focus on Adele's body isn't new, but it's still annoying. Unlike most popular women in music, Adele has never used sex appeal to sell her songs and has continually downplayed talk about her body. "'My life is full of drama and I won't have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like," she famously told Rolling Stone. "I don't like going to the gym. I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine...I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears."
As an average-to-plus-size woman in a size-zero-to-four industry, Adele faces tremendous pressure to slim down -- and yet, she has stood her ground. "I would only lose weight if it affected my health or sex life, which it doesn't," she told a biographer last year. Adele has made it very clear that she's not worried about her body, and we shouldn't worry about it either. Next question, please.
Unfortunately, now that she's just had a baby, the press has fallen back on its automatic reaction to new moms: Let's see if she's bikini-ready yet! Never mind that Adele has never posed in a bikini. Never mind that she hasn't made a new album since 2011's 21, and it spent more time at No. 1 than any other album ever, and we really, really want another one, and how can anyone think about anything else when they think about Adele? But no. Everyone would rather talk about her hips.
It's a sad reminder that women's bodies are under constant scrutiny, no matter how much we may try to deflect it. It's no wonder that so many pop stars wind up naked in men's magazines; why fight it when you can't win? Why focus on the music when everybody just wants to see your boobs? We can't think of any male pop star whose body generates more attention than his work; even an exhibitionist like Adam Levine doesn't generate "What will his body look like?" headlines when a new season of The Voice comes along.
This is exactly why the world needs more Adeles: women who are confident enough to let their work speak louder than their sex appeal. We have no doubt she'll get a million red-carpet questions about how she's losing the baby weight. And we hope she responds to them all by saying, "Did you know that I'm nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar? Why on Earth would I be thinking about baby weight right now?"