In a situation that we’re sure will delight Karl Lagerfeld and give more publicity to his fat-phobic and often misogynistic views, the Chanel designer has been sued over his fat comments!
A French association that fights for the rights of curvy women has made an official complaint against the Chanel designer over his recent comments that ‘no one wants to see plump models on catwalks.’ ”Belle, Ronde, Sexy et je m’assume” (translation – pretty, curvy, sexy and fine with it) claim that 80 year old Lagerfeld’s statement is ”defamatory and discriminatory”.
Since losing 93 pounds over a decade ago, Karl has lived on steady diet of catty comments and diet coke. Just last month he claimed that France’s healthcare system was struggling because of “all the illnesses contracted by people who are too fat.” His recent book ”The world according to Karl” contained the following chestnuts;
“It’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous” and
“No one wants to see curvy women on the catwalk”.
We all know he was wrong about that last one. Last month, for the first time in history, New York fashion week featured a plus sized fashion label. Cabiria, designed by Eden Miller, joined five other designers in a showcase presented by our good friends at the Fordham Fashion Law Institute, at the tents in the Lincoln Centre. The show was a resounding success. It seems 80 year old Lagerfeld may be a bit behind the times!
“Belle, Ronde, Sexy et je m’assume” (no, we don’t know why they couldn’t come up with a catchier name), lead by Betty Aubriere, has, in addition to suing Lagerfeld, called for a law to deal with discrimination against plus-sized people and an awareness campaign in schools so that people recognise that “curves are often an illness or genetic, and not due to a poor diet”.
We’re no Karl fans but is this political correctness gone too far? Has Karl Lagerfeld no freedom of speech? Should discrimination laws apply to weight as they do to race, sex and religion? We’re not so sure. To discriminate based on weight may be unfair, but unfair doesn’t and shouldn’t always mean illegal!