Karl Lagerfeld: not thin = fat

dikke Lagerfeld 1009Chanel‘s famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld struggled with his weight until 2001, The Huffington Post writes in the beginning of this year. You see him in a still fatter edition with one of his thin models. And you also see the face of the thin Lagerfeld, who is holding a coin or a medal and who is pouting his mouth like an old rich and lonely lady. I think the fatter Lagerfeld looks better, but that is a matter of taste.

Karl Lagerfeld is protesting against the decision of German women’s magazine Brigitte to stop using models in its photographs. It seems that Brigitte was a bit tired of giving these skinny girls a little fat through Photoshop.  In its Ohne Models (Without Models) initiative Brigitte announces that from January 2010 onwards it will only photograph normal women, because the world has changed and women have changed as well. Lagerfeld told Germany’s magazine Focus that nobody wants to see curvy women.

“Fat mothers with their bag of chips are sitting in front of television and say thin models are ugly”, he sneers. I wonder if for mr. Lagerfeld there is nothing between a fat mother and a thin model. He also tells Focus that the world of beautiful clothes is about dreams and illusion. Isn’t that exactly the problem? Women and especially young girls want to look like a model and get hysterical about their weight.pouting Karl Lagerfeld 1009

I think Brigitte took a very good decision, just like Dove, a few years ago, which photographed normal women to promote its soap, and was criticized as well.

I hope more magazines will follow Brigitte‘s example and that in the end Karl Lagerfeld and his colleagues will feel obliged to contract models with at least a little bit more weight, and also curvy women, beautiful! Curvy is not necessarily fat, Karl.


Today I read about the model Filippa Hamilton. Clothing company Ralph Lauren fired her because she was too fat. Hamilton was shocked about a Photoshopped picture of her, where her hips seemed smaller than her head, as the New York Daily News said. “I was shocked to see that super skinny girl with my face”, she told the newspaper.


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9 Responses to “Karl Lagerfeld: not thin = fat”

  1. More curvy models in fashion magazines « Wies Ubags Says:

    […] it will be a trend and liberate women from the frustration of not being thin enough. Pity for mr. Karl Lagerfeld, who stated that the world of fashion should maintain an illusion with its ultrathin models, but […]

  2. Isabella Avon Says:

    It is so stupid, tht Karl Lagergfield, doesnt like nice and curvy women. When Gabrielle Chanel, said herself, “Is not how good the cloths are, its how good you wear them.” She changed the fashion world, wit a revolution, getting rid of corsetts and such. For the typical, normal women to be free and robust. It is sad tht Karl, doesnt see the true inspiration behind CHANEL’s cloths.

    • wiesubags Says:

      I agree with you Isabella, but that is already clear from my post. And -until now, except from Lagerfeld- I have never met a man who doesn’t like curves.

  3. carol Says:

    Models display clothing – and haute couture. They are not to be considered examples of feminine pulcritude. That is a different art form.

  4. Heather Says:

    Yeah, he also thinks his mom was on target telling him that it was his fault he was molested as a kid. Honestly, I’d take everything he says with a grain of salt.

  5. Johanna Says:

    Nice blogpost. But a bit of a contradiction is the link you made for Filippa Hamilton. It links to a part of Esquire, where all models are shown. First of all quite strange that they are alphabetically arranged by first name. And second: only information about these women are their sizes!

  6. Chios studios Says:

    Great post however , I was wondering if you could write
    a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thank you!

    • wiesubags Says:

      It’s already long ago that I wrote it! I haven’t been dedicated to the subject lately, although I still think it’s important. My impression is that there is more awareness of the damage of these ultrathin models Karl Lagerfeld is so fond of. Even young girls of 11 are obsessed with theird body and afraid to be fat. That’s terrible.

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