On a bored Monday evening, I sat at my table sipping a cup of tea and read an old article about Karl Lagerfeld and his rather honest words to Adele. The tabloids twisted what the Chanel mastermind had originally said about Adele's body shape. Lagerfeld (by mistake) said Adele was a "little too fat" but followed it up by how "she owns this body image and looks divine no matter what she wears." Adele followed up the fat jibes with a very stern comment saying she represents "real women" and "refuses to settle being unnaturally skinny like the models that walk down his runway everyday. "
Adele's comment made me think. Why is it that being un-slender (basically relatively unfit) women are considered real? And girls with lean bodies are considered un-real? The majority of this grade is full of girls with beautiful, toned bodies- are they considered un-real?
I searched up "real women" on google images. It bothered my beyond words how only pictures of chubby women showed up in the results. This type of generalization is usually associated with fashion and models. The reason models are required to be relatively skinny on a catwalk isn't because thats what fashion is all about, its so that the designers can make one size of the showcased dress and the model can fit into it. Also, so that the model's curves and body aren't in the spotlight, but instead, the garment is. And its not like models never eat. Not eating actually makes people gain weight (not to mention get a lot hairier so that the body can store heat) Models eat strictly healthy food and exercise a lot, which I think just about everyone can do.
I don't mean to sound superficial or shallow. And I'm definitely not saying everybody should be skinny. I just don't find it necessary women with a curvier shape are labeled "real" and women with a skinner body type are not. A body is a body. It is an individual's decision as to what she wants to do with it. I don't think people should be calling a skinny girl anorexic and automatically presume she never eats or a chubbier girl fat and assume she always eats. And I definitely don't think being a certain body shape makes you either real, or fake.