Instead of focusing on a woman’s talents or successes, why do people so often concentrate on a woman’s appearance?
Karl Lagerfeld, head designer for Chanel, had the following to say about the super talented singer Adele in Metro World News:
“The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.”
Too fat…no! And even if she were who cares! Adele has one of the most remarkable voices I’ve ever heard and has accolades to boot both in the United States and in England.
In fact, did you know that Adele is the first artist to sell more than 3 million copies of an album in a year in the UK? Or that her album 21 is the longest running number one album by a female solo artist on the UK albums chart?
Adele is also the first living artist to have two top five hits in both the UK Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously with her two albums 19 and 21 and her two singles “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.” The last artist to achieve such a feat was the Beatles in 1964.
In the U.S. Adele has also become the first artist in history to lead the US album chart concurrently with three Billboard Hot 100 number ones – “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Rolling in the Deep,” and “Someone Life You.”
Luckily Adele doesn’t let comments like Lagerfeld’s bring her down. She is confident with who she is and is proud of her body.
“I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines,” says Adele.”I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”
Christina Aguilera is another superstar talent that has been heavily criticized (and mocked) by the media for her appearance and weight gain this year.
While the haters constantly harp on her weight and choice of dress, like Adele Aguilera is proud of what she sees starring back at her in the mirror.
“As long as I’m happy in my own skin, that’s all I need,” said Aguilera in an interview with US magazine. “I’m happy with where I’m at. I have a boyfriend that loves my body. I love my body. My son is healthy and happy. That’s all that matters.”
In an interview with Marie Clare, Aguilera delivers her message of confidence again.
“I’ve been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It’s noise I block out automatically. I love my body….I happen to be very confident in my own skin. It takes time to get to that place, but it’s all about embracing yourself and your body.”
I’m so happy to see two such talented women embracing their bodies and exuding confidence despite not criticism for fitting the ultra-skinny Hollywood norm. This is the type of message women and girls need to hear. After all, confidence – at any size – is the best kind of beautiful!
What do you think? Are women celebrities criticized for their appearance too harshly? Is there pressure for women celebrities to be thin?
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