Guest post: Weight discrimination in the media by Laurie Toth

This past week singer Adele made headlines not only for winning six Grammy awards, but also because of comments by Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld, serving as a guest editor at Metro, was asked about Lana del Rey. In his response he mentioned Adele, saying she was a “little too fat.” Granted he followed that with “she has a beautiful face and divine voice.”

From experience, I cannot count the times people offset negative comments about weight with “you have a beautiful face,” as though that softens the blow. Why should a female recording artist, whose success should be gauged on her music and talent, have to even answer about her weight?

Fortunately it seems like Adele is a confident woman and can shake off the criticism, telling People Magazine, "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.”

Apparently due to the backlash from Adele’s fans, Lagerfeld backtracked, claiming he’s a fan and was misquoted. More likely he was worried about the bad press for Chanel, especially after fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone said, “If you love Adele then boycott Chanel.”

Adele is right. More women look like her than the fashion models Chanel has on the runways. The face of beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes, and Adele is gorgeous—just look at the March cover of Vogue.

Well done Adele, for being an example of body confidence for the regular woman. I’ve had enough of a woman’s value being judged on weight, as though that diminishes her success. Adele has a divine voice and is beautiful—period. Her Grammy appearance and six awards attest to that.

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