Chanel‘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.
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.