Karl Lagerfeld isn't a man who's known for choosing his words wisely. During his frequent public interviews, the Chanel designer has said everything from Adele is "too fat" to Pippa Middleton's face is unattractive (to be fair, he did say he liked her behind). Now, it seems that he's bitten off more than he can chew yet again with his latest comments.
In an interview with England's "Channel 4 News," Karl scoffs off questioning about the prevalence of too-skinny models in the fashion industry. "The models are skinny, but they're not that skinny," he says. These comments come on the heels of Vogue's Health Initiative that recognizes a problem in the industry and promises to not work with models under the age of 16 or that "appear to have an eating disorder." The initiative has already been broken by Vogue China and Vogue Japan since May.
The Kaiser, who publicly suffered through his own weight loss troubles, claims that overweight girls outside the fashion industry are more of a problem than underweight models:
"The story with anorexic girls -- nobody works with anorexic girls. That has nothing to do with fashion. People who have that, they have problem with family and things like this. There are less than 1 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."
Could it be that Karl's already forgotten about the time when Marc Jacobs sparked outrage by hiring underage models to walk the Fall 2012 catwalk or all of the countries, including Israel and Spain, that have gone out of their way to address the problem of too-skinny models? It's also noteworthy that Karl is a man entrenched in the industry that he's defending. Perhaps healthy BMI is in the eye of the beholder?
When asked if he feels responsible for the health of the models he works with, the creative director replies, "I can tell you all kinds of moral tales, but fashion and reality are vaguely different."
What do you think of Karl Lagerfeld's comments about underweight models in the fashion industry? Do you think there's a problem?
Watch the full interview below:
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Karl On Japanese People
Karl opened up to <a href="http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/designer-luxury/chanels-tokyo-turn-5815470?module=today" target="_hplink"><em>Women's Wear Daily</em></a> about Tokyo Fashion Week: "It's changed a lot but it's changed for the better I think. I noticed that people became bigger than before because now they eat more cake and sweets and things like this that they didn't do in the past. There's a real change in the look of the Japanese people. Normally, before, they were all tiny. It's the kind of beauty you get from junk food." (AFP photo)
Karl On Michelle Obama
Karl told <a href="http://www.style.com/stylefile/2011/09/karl-lagerfeld-opens-up/" target="_hplink">Style.com</a> he's very fond of Michelle Obama: "I'm a big fan of Mrs. Obama - and her face, I think, is magical. He would not be there without her. Mrs. Obama is not a fashion statement, but she has other things to do. My favorite thing about Mrs Obama was when she was asked if her skirt was not too tight and she answered 'Why you don't like my big black ass?' I want [Barack] Obama to win because there is nothing better anyway, and especially because of her." FYI: Kristina Schake, Director of Communications to First Lady Michelle Obama released a statement regarding Lagerfeld's comment saying, "Mrs. Obama never made that statement." (Getty photo)
Karl On Dating In Russia
In his infamous interview with <a href="http://www.metro.us/newyork/life/article/1089980--karl-lagerfeld-on-lana-del-rey-the-greek-crisis-and-m-i-a-s-middle-finger" target="_hplink"><em>Metro</em></a>, Karl put his foot in his mouth when talking about Russian men: "If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men." (Getty photo)
Karl On Adele
Karl caused major drama when he opened up to <em><a href="http://www.metro.us/newyork/life/article/1089980--karl-lagerfeld-on-lana-del-rey-the-greek-crisis-and-m-i-a-s-middle-finger" target="_hplink">Metro</a></em> about his feelings towards Adele: "The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice." (Getty photo)
Karl On International Relations
If you ever wondered what <a href="http://www.metro.us/newyork/life/article/1089980--karl-lagerfeld-on-lana-del-rey-the-greek-crisis-and-m-i-a-s-middle-finger" target="_hplink">Karl thought about the Greek financial crisis: </a>"Greece needs to work on a cleaner image. It's a big problem, as [Greeks] have this reputation of being so corrupt. You can't be sure the money will go where it's supposed to go. They need to build trust, and that takes time too. Nobody wants Greece to disappear, but they have really disgusting habits - Italy as well." (AFP photo)
Karl On Raising Children
Karl sat down with former <em>Vogue Paris </em>editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld and talked children for <em><a href="http://www.interviewmagazine.com/fashion/carine-roitfeld/" target="_hplink">Interview</a></em> magazine: "You're also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter." (Getty photo)
Karl On Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Karl thinks politics<a href="http://www.style.com/stylefile/2011/09/karl-lagerfeld-opens-up/" target="_hplink"> is all about survival: </a>"I love Dominique Strauss-Kahn. I love his wife. They are great people and when they came back to Paris I sent them flowers. But you know, for people in politics, it's very embarrassing. On the left they had hoped he wouldn't come back, because I think other people want his job. And on the other side...but even in America, Clinton survived his blow job." (Getty photo)
Karl On Curvy Women
The<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/no-one-wants-to-see-curvy-women-german-designer-1801469.html" target="_hplink"><em> Independent</em></a> reported Karl saying some insulting things about curvy women to the German magazine <em>Focus</em>: "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." (AFP photo)
Karl On Tina Brown
At a press conference in Japan on Friday, reports <em><a href="http://www.wwd.com/media-news/print/lagerfeld-fires-back-at-tina-brown-5821720?module=today" target="_hplink">Women's Wear Daily</a></em>, Karl Lagerfeld said of<em> Newsweek:</em> "First of all, Tina Brown's magazine is not doing well at all. I'm sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at Vanity Fair, to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I'm sorry." (Getty photo)