Chanel’s creative director (who now claims his remark was taken out of context) attempted to compliment the Someone Like You singer – who’s due to give her first performance at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards (she’s nominated in six categories) since undergoing surgery on her vocal chords – on her beauty in Paris’ Metro newspaper earlier this week. Unfortunately, however, he then appeared to accuse her of being “a little too fat”. He made his comments after being asked about his thoughts on rising star, Lana Del Rey, and said, “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.”
He has since apologised, but Adele, 23, has never aspired to be stick-thin. “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that,” she said. While her spokesman declined to comment on Lagerfeld’s remarks, Adele maintains that she likes herself exactly as she is. “I’d lose weight if I was an actress and had to play a role where you’re supposed to be 18kg lighter, but weight has nothing to do with my career. Even when I was signing [a contract], most of the industry knew if anyone ever dared say [lose weight] to me, they wouldn’t be working with me,” she said.
We’re proud of Adele for taking a stand, and whether or not Karl Lagerfeld meant to offend her, the scoreboard stands at Adele:1, Lagerfeld:0!