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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has never been one to hold back his opinions -- especially when it comes to women and their weight. In an interview for Monday's edition of Metro, the German designer was asked to comment on the day's news stories, and used the opportunity to take an unnecesssary jab at singer Adele's dress size.
"I prefer Adele and Florence Welch," said Lagerfeld, 78, when asked to comment on controversial singer Lana Del Ray. "(Adele) is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice."
We know what you're thinking: He gave her two compliments to one insult. And it's not like Adele is under the illusion that she's a size 2. So what's the big deal?
Here's the thing. Lagerfeld wasn't being asked to comment on Adele's appearance; he was asked to give an opinion about music. Instead of just saying that he loved Adele's album, he went straight into a critique of her appearance. To put this into context, imagine that he was asked instead for his opinion of a TV show, and it went like this:
Interviewer: "What do you think of Modern Family?"
Karl Lagerfeld: "Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet is a little too fat, but he's funny."
Doesn't that seem strange that the first thing he'd think about is how much the person weighs, rather than their talent? Not that this standard is ever held to men in the entertainment industry. (In all the years that The Sopranos was on, did James Gandolfini's weight ever factor into people's opinions of the show? ) But women in the spotlight are under intense pressure to look a certain way, even if it doesn't have anything to do with why they're famous. It's not like you have to look at Adele to like her music.
Incidentally, Karl Lagerfeld has made this kind of comment before. In 2009, during an industry push to use more normal-sized models on the runway to combat anorexia, Lagerfeld sniffed that "no one wants to see round women" and claimed that objections to skin-and-bones models were all being made by jealous fat people. Charming, isn't he?
Fortunately, Adele seems to be too focused on her career to let someone like Lagerfeld bring her down.
"My life is full of drama and I won't have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like," she told Rolling Stone in September.
We love her use of the word "petty." Because next to all her accomplishments -- including record-breaking album sales, six current Grammy nominations and being the Billboard Artist of the Year -- a few extra pounds seems petty indeed. And so, for that matter, does Karl Lagerfeld.