Karl Lagerfeld: Adele 'Too Fat'

And Lana Del Rey has a lot of implants, says fashion designer

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2012 9:08 AM CST | Updated Feb 7, 2012 10:47 AM CST

(Newser) – It's always fun when Karl Lagerfeld opens his mouth, which he did quite a bit during a recent stint as guest editor of Metro. His most buzz-generating quote is about Adele: "The thing at the moment is Adele," he says. "She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice." More of his thoughts:

  • On Lana Del Rey: "She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She's not alone with implants."

  • On Russians: "If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men."
  • On MIA's middle finger: "Nowadays people give the middle finger quite quickly—it's not the best behavior. Everybody does that, what's new about that? It's just become a bad habit. People in magazines are 50% bimbo and 50% pregnant women." (Note: We have no idea what that last sentence has to do with MIA, but it's just too good to omit...)
  • On Michelle Obama: "I'm a big fan of Mrs. Obama—and her face, I think, is magical. [Barack] would not be there without her. Mrs. Obama is not a fashion statement, but she has other things to do. My favorite thing about Mrs. Obama was when she was asked if her skirt was not too tight and she answered 'Why, you don't like my big black ass?'" (This quote predictably caused the first lady's Director of Communications to issue a rebuttal noting, "Mrs. Obama never made that statement.")
Click for more of his less-than-PC comments. Or, in other Lana Del Ray news, click for the meanest quotes about her new album.

Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the applause of the audience after the Chanel Haute-Couture Spring / Summer 2012 Show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 24, 2012 in Paris, France.
Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the applause of the audience after the Chanel Haute-Couture Spring / Summer 2012 Show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on January 24, 2012 in Paris, France.   (Getty Images)
In this Sunday Aug. 28, 2011 file photo  Adele performs at the MTV Video Music Awards  in Los Angeles.
In this Sunday Aug. 28, 2011 file photo Adele performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
Adele performs onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England.
Adele performs onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
US Singer Lana del Rey takes part in the TV broadcast show 'Le Grand Journal' on Canal Plus channel set on January 30, 2012 in Paris.
US Singer Lana del Rey takes part in the TV broadcast show 'Le Grand Journal' on Canal Plus channel set on January 30, 2012 in Paris.   (Getty Images)
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