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Pop music superstar Adele has sold over 20 million albums, won eight Grammy awards, one Oscar, graced the cover of Vogue, and was included in People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue. However, all that success and approval didn’t stop Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld from calling Adele “a little too fat.” This isn’t the first time Lagerfeld has run his mouth about women’s bodies. In a 2009 interview with Focus magazine, he was quoted as saying, “No one wants to see curvy women.” What a jerk.
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Indian film actress Aishwarya Rai, who was frequently called the most beautiful woman in the world, gave birth to a daughter late last year. Apparently she hasn’t lost the weight she gained during pregnancy fast enough for some in the media. After appearing at an event six months after her child was born, Rai was featured in a video from Bollywood CIA that cut between photos of Rai before her pregnancy and after. The oh-so-classy video was set to the sounds of elephants trumpeting. One commenter went so far as to say, “She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery.” OMG! Talk about skewed expectations! Rai, however, knows what’s really important. The actress was quoted saying, “The haters are a drop in the ocean…I am a mother, and this can happen and it happened with me and that’s fine! And that’s life!”
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Model Ananda Marchildon won the 2008 season Holland’s Next Top Model. One of the prizes for winning was a contract with ModelMasters agency. However, after Elite Model Management acquired ModelMasters, the agency cancelled the contract, saying Marchildon’s hips were two centimeters too wide to work with them! Allegedly, agents at Elite said Marchildon’s “fat ass” meant she would never book jobs. Sadly, the model then attempted to starve herself to lose the miniscule amount of weight. When she wasn’t able to get her hip measurement below 35”, Marchildon sued Elite for breach of contract—and won! She has since left the modeling business and now works at a cabinet maker.
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Even though she’s been delivering fantastic performances year after year on Mad Men, when people talk about actress and former model Christina Hendricks, it’s usually her body, not her body of work, that’s being discussed. After Hendricks appeared in a ruffly peach Christian Siriano gown at the 2010 Golden Globes red carpet, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn wrote, “You don't put a big girl in a big dress.” The post was accompanied by a vertically squished image, which made Hendricks appear wider than she actually is. While Hendricks, as usual, stayed mostly about the fray, her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, told People magazine he was “upset about the whole Golden Globes dress thing. I thought she looked so gorgeous. And that New York Times blogger saying that—it’s so ridiculous." We agree, Geoffrey! Arend also said how “cool” it was that most of the online community took Horyn to task as well. Now if only Hendricks could do a single interview where the reporter doesn’t bring up her body!
When 21-year-old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence was cast as heroine Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games, the Internet exploded with body policing aimed at the actress. The slant was that Lawrence was physically too big (and we don’t mean tall) to play the role of a girl who lives in poverty. And, while this was often positioned as concern for being true to the novel, commentators seemed to ignore the parts of the book that dealt with Katniss being in great shape due to the physical activity of hunting she did so her family had plenty of food to eat. Lawrence reportedly just laughed off the controversy and promptly returned to being awesome. This photo, one of several that accompanied a Glamour interview with Lawrence just before the theatrical release of the Hunger Games, shows just why she should.
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In 2007, tabloid blogs ran paparazzi photos of Jennifer Love Hewitt in a bikini taken while she was on vacation in Hawaii with her fiancé. TMZ’s report said, “We know what you ate this summer, Love–everything!” But, Hewitt wasn’t going to take the media’s fat shaming lying down. She responded to the absurd controversy over her body saying, “To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for all the girls out there that are struggling with their body image…To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini put it on and stay strong.”
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In 2005, at the height of her popularity, Jessica Simpson was known for her killer body as much as for her reality show Newlyweds. She had worked out like a fiend for her role in The Dukes of Hazzard and was lauded for her slim and trim physique. When she appeared at a concert in 2009 in a pair of high-waisted jeans, a few pounds heavier than she was in her Daisy Duke days, the fat-shaming began. Simpson herself remained mostly mum after the photos and commentary began, but sister Ashlee had some harsh and wise words for those who called Jessica “fat.” “I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister's weight," she posted on her blog. “All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms, and just because you're a celebrity, there shouldn't be a different standard." We couldn’t agree more.
Ever since she came into the public eye, Kate Winslet has been the target of body policing. Following her breakout role in Titanic in 1997, there was chatter about whether or not Winslet was “too fat” for a Hollywood star. Five years later, when she appeared on the cover of British GQ magazine, the actress said she barely recognized herself thanks to aggressive Photoshopping. While Winslet had no issues with the size of her body, and had publicly stated as much in earlier interviews, apparently GQ felt differently. The published photos, according to Winslet, “reduced the size of [her] legs by about a third. “The retouching is excessive,” Kate said at the time. “I do not look like that, and, more importantly, I don't desire to look like that.” The magazine later issued an apology for the doctored images.
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In 2009, German designer Wolfgang Joop, apropos of nothing, called supermodel Heidi Klum “too heavy” to be a runway model. While Klum is far more known for commercial modeling for Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated than runway work, she’s obviously far from “too heavy” for anything. Klum’s response was simply to say, “Do I care?” Her publicist went one further claiming “Wolfgang is obviously trying to revive his sagging career and get press for himself by riding Heidi's coattails.” Here she is in May 2013 looking hotter than ever just one month shy of her 40th birthday.