Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director seems to be on a blacklist of the internet as of recently,hopefully, a field he works in and which we love, fashion scene will follow and dare i say with a very good reason, if his past was not enough. He is known for giving controversial statements but this time it seems they were simply too much even for him notorious body shamer.
Famous extravagant fashionista who obviously has no filter when it comes to sharing his opinion on fashion or lives of people who sometimes, well often are his employees, and people who look up to him, gave an interview to a French magazine ”Numero” where he bashed victims of sexual assault and models in general… yes simply put he did just that and he worded it in a less acceptable way.
The trigger for Lagerfeld was a question about ”Me Too” movement. It is a burning question in the industry he is in and one he often collaborates with so the question certainly was not out of place so Lagerfeld would go crazy with his answers, but he did.
When asked if the movement has interrupted his way of work with models when it comes to his own photography – if you did not know poor Karl is trying to be a famous fashion photographer for quite some time now, but without much success compared to his other occupations – Karl defended the right of photographers to dictate the comfort zone of all models, declaring how it is simply too much to ask a model if they are comfortable with a pose, well his exact words were ”I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. It’s simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything. ” It might surprise you Karl my boy, but models are humans who have comfort zones, not model dolls you can do with anything you wish.
According to Karl, it is absolutely acceptable to approach a model and pull down their pants and touch their breasts without even a question if you may, like his dear colleague Karl Templer did to more than one of them, because hey, if you are a model you have no right on personal choices! I simply have to quote him so you would get the idea of a douchery ”A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!”
He continued his offensive pire with shaming sexual assault victims who needed some time to find their voice and be brave to come out and speak up about most disturbing things that happened to them in their lives by saying “What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses.” well Karl, the world is Shocked with an 80-year-old man who defends sexual exploitation despite being a very public figure and a person whose sexual exploitation victims maybe looked up to, what do you think about that?
It is time that we put an end to this kind of opinions being proclaimed as something normal, especially as women in the industry that we support the most with our finances and hearts. The fashion industry is one of the rare industries where females have a chance to express their creativity without any shame, whether as models, creative directors or like me, fashion writers or bloggers. You as a reader or simple observer should not tolerate words and behaviors of likes of Karl Lagerfeld or Karl Templer who are exploiters and bullies, body shamers and people who spread their hate on innocent and people who they are higher in a social hierarchy. Karl Lagerfeld is canceled.