I know it might be useless, or at least exhausting, to rail against every instance of casual misogyny in the fashion industry, but Karl Lagerfeld's out of control.
The designer for Chanel, Fendi, and his own eponymous line recently got into a lot of trouble for making some disparaging comments about singer Adele's weight. He apologized, but he hasn't learned.
The most recent target of his senseless vile insults is the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton. Here's what the Kaiser decided to say about her to a reporter for The Sun: "I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."
That's an extremely mean thing to say about someone. Moreover, it's dehumanizing. The fact that Karl's opinion is flat wrong (Pippa is lovely, duh) is beside the point. Life is not a casting session, and real humans' value isn't determined by how they look. And Pippa's just a formerly normal person who was thrust into the spotlight due to outside factors. She did not cause her sister to fall in love with a Prince.
If you don't like the way she looks, Karl, here's what you can do: don't ask her to be the face of Chanel; don't invite her to your shows; don't dress her for magazine covers. That's all your prerogative. But here's what isn't: publicly humiliating a woman that has nothing to do with you.
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