Karl Lagerfeld is being sued by French assocation Belle, Ronde, Sexy et Je M'assume ("Beautiful, Rounded, Sexy and Ok With It" in English) for "fat" comments he made in his book, The World According to Karl, reports the Business Insider. "No one wants to see curvy women on the catwalk," Lagerfeld wrote in the recently published hardcover.
The association, which fights for the rights of curvy women, filed a complaint that claims Lagerfeld's statement was "defamatory" and "discriminatory." Betty Aubriere, president of Belle, Ronde, Sexy et Je M'assume told APF that they're "fed up," adding that such comments are "terrible" for young girls who are insecure. "Today it’s him who insults us and tomorrow who will it be?” she said.
Lagerfeld's comment, however, is not the first of its kind. He is quite possibly one of the most outspoken designers in the fashion industry, one who says whatever is on his mind. Also: he's made a few comments about curvy women in the past, even taking a shot at super-talented singer Adele. He praised her "beautiful face" and "divine voice" but was also quick to say she's "a little too fat." (He later apologized and sent Adele a heap of Chanel bags.)
He also blamed fat people for France's struggling health care system. "The hole in social security, it's also [due to] all the disease caught by people who are too fat," he told Le Grand 8 earlier this month.
On a personal level, he's admitted to being unhappy with his physique (he weighed about 224 lbs a little over a decade ago), saying he wanted to shed the extra pounds to "be a good clotheshorse." He's also said that "fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight." Oh, Uncle Karl.
As it stands, the Belle, Ronde, Sexy et Je M'assume president Aubriere is also pushing for more awareness in schools "so that people understand that curves are often an illness or genetic, and not due to a poor diet," as Aubriere says, as well as for a law to take measures concerning discrimination against plus-sized individuals.
[via Business Insider]