Karl Lagerfeld decided to use Crystal Renn in a Chanel runway show as well as an add a few months ago, despite him saying in the past that “No one wants to see curvy women” and that people who don’t agree with his emaciated models are just “ fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television”. He also said that fashion is all to do “with dreams and illusions and no one wants to see round women”. I strongly disagree. What I don’t want to see are “women” who have no breasts, no curves or hips of any kind with short hair, parading around like little boys. Whose fantasy is it now??
I think it’s sad that the plus community is almost forced to accept this small victory, despite Lagerfeld’s efforts for years to avoid us at all costs and putting curvy women down? It’s like we don’t have an option after so many years of being ignored. The plus industry takes what we can get, but I think that this is beginning to change. The tables are turning as designers slowly realize that the women buying the clothes have the money, not the stick figures on the runway. I want to buy clothes from someone that looks like me. Seeing an outfit on a size zero does not convince me that I should buy it. I would look COMPLETELY different in that outfit. Put a size ten in it and we’re looking at a different ending.
The words Lagerfeld has spoken to the press are disgusting and rude. I don’t want to think about what he has said behind our backs. Now he wants to jump on the band wagon because plus is suddenly trendy and I do not accept this small gesture. Crystal is gorgeous, but in the Chanel add, her body is completely removed. All you can see are her shoulders and up. He’s missing the most important part.The truth is, not everyone knows who Crystal is or that she is plus size. Little girls will still pas by and see nothing but hollowed out cheekbones and wonder why they don’t look like that. She might as well be a size zero in the picture. Did I mention that Lagerfeld also shot the plus issue of “V” immediately after? How convenient?
Frankly, Karl, this isn’t good enough. I will not support Chanel until we actually see a full figured body in an add. Last time I checked, most men preferred voluptuous women and I want to see an add that portrays such. A curvy girl with a hot guy (8-pack included) doing what models do best. I’m tired of the fashion industry throwing us a bone. One magazine issue each year is NOT ENOUGH! A head shot of a plus sized model who’s face is known for being quite hollow compared to the typically cherub-faced plus girls is NOT ENOUGH! I am a real woman. I make real money and I will not be spending any of it at Chanel until Karl gets his act together. I want a sincere apology to all of the full figured women out there that he has made feel insecure with his advertisements, choice of super skinny models and words that he has released to intentionally hurt us. And even then I might still be too pissed off to support him. Hell hath no fury like the wrath of a woman scorned.