Designer Karl Lagerfeld has not made a lot of friends this week.
The 78-year-old creative director for upscale brand Chanel has come under fire after conducting an interview with global newspaper Metro, in which he called Russian men "very ugly," the British monarchy "totally unnecessary," and British singing sensation Adele "a little too fat."
Oh, don't you diss Adele.
The world has seemingly united in backlash over the rude comment about the 23-year-old songstress, who has said in the past that she's comfortable with her body. Now toofab has spoken exclusively with various groups regarding Lagerfeld's hurtful words.
Lynn Grefe, President, National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
“It is inappropriate that he is commenting on her weight. It is inappropriate, tacky, and rude,” Grefe said. “Mr. Lagerfield is a body-snarker, he wins the body-snarking award for today.”
Grefe went on to say that women come in all shapes and sizes, adding that people who make comments like this do so to make themselves feel better about who they are.
“He could have just said that she had a beautiful face and a divine voice,” said Grefe. “He’s just disappointed that she doesn’t look like a clothes hanger and is probably just mad that he cannot dress her,” said Grefe.
Jennifer Berger, Executive Director, About-Face (San Francisco-based organization whose mission is to equip women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect self-esteem and body image)
“Adele’s size is her own business,” said Berger. “People can be healthy at all sizes."
She went on to say that there isn't much people can do to conform to his sense of aesthetics other than exercise and eat healthy, adding that Lagerfield “is not ‘modeling’ common-decency and he’s using bullying tactics.”
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