Karl Lagerfeld: “Models Are Not That Skinny, Anorexic Girls Are Over In France”
File this under, “Sh*t Karl Lagerfeld says.”
The French designer obviously likes his women thin—and we mean stick thin. And, he incurred the wrath of women and Adele fans everywhere when he called the British singer “a little too fat” recently. Now, the Chanel designer is once again commenting on women’s bodies. In an interview with U.K.’s Channel 4 News, Lagerfeld scoffed at the notion that fashion has anything to do with anorexia.
“The story with anorexic girls—nobody works with anorexic girls,” he said. “That has nothing to do with fashion. People who have that, they have problems with family and things like this. There are less than one percent of anorexic girls, but there are over—in France, I don’t know about England—over 30 percent of girls who are big, big, overweight.And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health … So I think today with the junk food in front of the TV it’s something dangerous for the health of the girl.”
And while most designers make sample sizes, aka the samples that models wear down the runway for shows, in a size 0, Lagerfeld continued. “The models are skinny, but they’re not that skinny,” he said. “I can tell you all kinds of moral tales, but fashion and reality are vaguely different.”
Watch the full interview below. Is Karl Lagerfeld fashionably out of touch or do you agree with his statements?