Karl Lagerfeld’s infamous mouth is again on the attack against ‘rounded’ women. The Chanel cr4ative director, 80, who was pretty darn round himself just 10 years ago is accused of defamation by the women’s pressure group Belle, Ronde, Sexy et je m’assume (Beautiful, Rounded, Sexy and fine with it).
The suit relates to Lagerfeld’s comments on Le Grand 8 French television channel D8 on October 4. The Kaiser said: “The hole in social security, it’s also (due to) all the diseases caught by people who are too fat.” Lagerfeld then restated his view about larger models, saying “no one wants to see curvy women on the runway”.
Lagerfeld’s comments were also made in his book ‘The World According To Karl’, where he writes that “it’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous”.
“We’re fed up,” Betty Aubriere, the group’s president, told AFP. “Many young girls are insecure and hearing such comments is terrible for them,” particularly from famous people. “Today it’s him who insults us and tomorrow who will it be?”
Note that Aubriere’s group is not seeking financial damages but rather public dialogue with Lagerfeld.
AOC has a long history of writing about weight, body image, the fashion industry and women’s health. As the former fashion director of Victoria’s Secret, Anne has lived through the downsizing of the 90s supermodels like Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and other star power girls. Anne’s perspective is grounded in the inquiry of why sexy 90s models, who averaged sizes 4-6, were downsized to a size 0. No one in the fashion industry has ever offered an answer, except to speculate that these models were too popular and powerful.
Our focus at AOC is helping women to achieve self-respect as strong women, whatever our size. Extensive research shows that constant commentary like Lagerfeld’s fuels a cultural obsession with women being thinner than ever. There are many reasons why America, in particular, has an obesity epidemic. Indeed, portion size, empty calories, lack of exercise and too many sugar carbs are key reasons. But self-loathing and guilt are also key drivers of weight gain in America’s bullying, shaming society.
I’m diving into all the latest medical research — over 100 articles — on body image, self-esteem and women’s health to share the latest information on this complex topic with AOC readers. Comments like Lagerfeld’s DO have very negative consequences on women who can’t turn him off in their minds.
If Lagerfeld believes his shaming comments are designed to promote better diet and exercise among women, he is dead wrong. As for his obsession with drinking 10 cans of Diet Coke every day, extensive research condemns diet sodas, saying they actually promote weight gain. For medically-established science, and not the terrorizing commentary of Karl Lagerfeld about body image and women’s health, dive into my first new article: How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real AOC Body. ~ Feanne