When it comes to fashion designers who run at the mouth, it usually seems to be Karl Lagerfeld who takes the cake in that area. Karl, the mystery man behind the dark sunglasses, is full of as many insults as he is irrational statements that only exist in the dazzling World of Karl Lagerfeld.
When England’s Channel 4 News decided to interview Karl about the Little Black Jacket exhibit, they also decided to inquire about the fashion industry and the eating disorders within in it, as well as the ones that it inspires in young men and women. This makes sense; if there is anyone to question about weight and eating disorders, it is Karl. Not only do his sunglasses prevent him from seeing clearly but he’s a huge proponent of fat-shaming. How else are you supposed to know that you’re overweight, if Karl isn’t telling you so?
The interview, which you can watch below in its entirety, has some winning comments as always. For example, ladies, it’s wrong for you to be fat now. Now, you should be skinny, but thanks to evolution, it will be OK for the generations that follow to be fat. I can’t help thinking that this rationale on the part of Karl is simply because he won’t be around to see those um, “fat” folk. They are, for him, an eyesore. Karl does not approve of eyesores.
As for anorexic girls, no one in fashion works with them, according to Karl. Those who suffer from eating disorders do so because, “they have problem with family and things like this.” Also anorexics only exist in France, although maybe in England, too — Karl isn’t sure. But what he is sure of is that “over over 30 percent of girls are big, big, overweight.” Who needs to use the word “fat,” when “big, big overweight” is far more poetic?
Yes, yet again, Karl has inspired us to stare at him in confusion and mock him (and his cat!) incessantly. He has challenged our thoughts and the world order of things with the insanity that swirls about his head that he just lets flow off the tip of his tongue and into the air.
Oh, Karl. Will you ever recall the days, sweetie, when you were “big, big overweight?”
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