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Say What? Karl Lagerfeld on Moms and Models


"No one wants to see curvy women. You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly."


— Karl Lagerfeld weighs in on the never-ending debate about thin models. The once-overweight designer was responding to German magazine Brigitte's decision to use only "real women" as models. He disapproves. Based on his comments, it seems Karl doesn't think fashion is meant for a mom who might be carrying a little weight.

This isn't the first time a fashion icon has come to the defense of thin models by shifting the attention to overweight people. Anna Wintour said America should focus on obesity, and not anorexia, following a visit to Minnesota where she said people resemble "little houses."

Are you surprised Karl is so quick to discount the opinions of average women?

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BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
And, he knows what people want to look at, which is why he made himself look like such a freak.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
what's being suggested is a healthy model, not one that's overweight or underweight. as a former anorexic, i know that being underweight is VERY unhealthy, and causes cardiac and digestive problems. being overweight also is unhealthy (duh). every body is different as far as what's underweight/overweight, but as a whole i think a healthier model would not be the end of the world.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
this is the unfortunate society in which we live, where "real women" or "healthy women" are virtually construed as being "plus sized." what does size have to do with anything, anyway? certainly obesity and anorexia are issues that many face in the US. i feel both conditions deserve to be addressed in the public health arena.
UFLauren UFLauren 8 years
Wow, that guy needs to start walking around with a bag over his head. That is one offensive mug. NO ONE needs to see that!
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i hate the term "real women" so much! sorry i'm skinny, i guess that means i'm not a real woman. guess i should fatten up.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 8 years
Karl used Lara Stone in his Spring 2009 show, and she's curvy. I'm wondering if something got lost in translation . . . sometimes "curvy" gets thrown around as a euphemism for "fat," so I don't think he was using it in the way that many people think he was. I'm not standing up for him; his comment was offensive. But considering his current muse is Lily Allen, I don't think he actually has a problem with curvy women, in the true sense of the word.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
weel since he was a FAT MUMMY once I don't see what his problem is or maybe it's his self hatred coming up. It's amazing how all these gay fashion designers have popularized the skinny, twinky teenage boy look something that's sexy to them and not so sexy to most people ugh. Curvy women are so much hotter than those sickly looking models
weffie weffie 8 years
Hahaha great pic Whiplash! I miss Fat Karl :)
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I would rather look at healthy models with curvy bodies than a too skinny straight figured model with the body of a teenage boy. I do agree that America needs to address our obesity problem though.
Azurefire Azurefire 8 years
Anomymous said "If you wanted to be thin you would put down that bag of doritos and hope on the treadmill." Well, I don't eat Doritos and I do utalize the treadmill, and I will still always be "curvy". I've been a size 3 and a size 10 and everything in between and still had an hourglass figure...I think the debate (as many pointed out) was over the term "curvy" being used in his comment vs. the image of "fat" people tend to wrongly associate it with. As for whether curvy women should be used on a runway, I would say it depends on the clothes being modeled. I personally don't like the look of models that resemble Skeletor, but most clothes do look best on thin(note:thin, not sickly)models. Why not use curvy models for certain designs? Many dresses, for example, tend to look best on women with a little curve.
Asche Asche 8 years
LOL. I love when Karl Lagerfeld weighs in the on fat debate (no pun intended). It's always so hilarious!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Why is anyone taking this man seriously? He's just mad because he's hungry. ;)
biarose biarose 8 years
I agree that thin models make clothes look best on the catwalk. Thighs rubber together down the runway just aren't a good look and thin frames tend to be able to pull of most looks, while curvier figures only suit certain styles.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I understand that this cadaver Mr. Lagerfeld may have a professional opinion but maybe one of his yes men could grow some balls and explain to him that there is a huge difference between full figured women with curves and obese women with unhealthy rolls packed around their torso. Sorry if that stung some in defence of others but let's be honest full figured is not a problem unhealthy weight is. Unhealthy weight is not what we see in plus sized models.
zeze zeze 8 years
lol thanks for the picture, thats pretty funny. I think he's right though (for very different reasons though), models are supposed to be like wire hangers, and not take away from the clothes. If a woman with a gorgeous figure wears these designer pieces the next morning all the papers will focus on her shape and not the item...look at how models like Naomi Campbell, Adriana Lima, Elle McPherson have transcended designers and its all about how they walked, their perfect curves and gorgeous eyes. Most people see past the clothes and focus on them. IMO, models should be plain (and by plain I don't mean ugly, I mean generic enough that you can't even tell them apart after they've left the runway...except by describing what she was wearing), rail thin, and basically be a canvas to showcase designer works and hair/makeup creativity.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Did Karl forget that he himself used to be fat? :oy: What a d-bag.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
thank you, choco, for summing up when I tried to say more succinctly ;)
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
i see this brings up the usual comments of how "obesity" and "fat" are horrible problems and need to be not tolerated and eradicated from America. while i appreciate the reminders in case i was inclined to forget, i believe Karl's quote as regarding "curvy" women.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
um, l3tranger, thanks for the social commentary. I, as an American, am very fit. I bike 150+ miles/ week, run 30+ miles/ week, and swim 6000M+/ week. I'm fit but I am by no means thin enough (leaving height out of it) to be a model. There is SO much inbetween what Mr. Lagerfield thinks is appropriate (stick thin models) and the morbidly obese. In fact, I think most of us fall inbetween those two extremes. As many of the posters here said --- curvy does not equal fat.
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