Already we can see what this week’s topic of conversation will be. Following Karl Lagerfeld comments about being overweight, Alexa Chung has now spoken out in defense of her own shape, slamming reports that she’s “starving herself.”
“I think it’s about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect,” she told Fashionista. “Like, you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight.”
“It’s not mutually inclusive,” she continued. “I just get frustrated because, just because I exist in this shape doesn’t mean that I’m advocating it and saying: ‘I look great.’ How do you know I’m not looking in the mirror and going: ‘I wish I could gain ten pounds?’ which is actually quite often the case. But if you say that, you sound like you’re bragging that you’re naturally thin, and you’re not allowed to do that because even though it’s the ideal weight, it kind of is as well.”
Alexa also went on to say that it’s also unfair that if she were to sing the praises of her own shape, she would be “criticized and ridiculed,” while “people who are bigger can be on the front covers of magazines saying, ‘I’m really happy with my shape.'”
She has a point — regardless of what size somebody is, who are we to comment on it? Regardless, we’re just ranking women based on the way they look. Which, as we all know, only serves to make everybody feel terrible.
“I just think that whole culture of hatred, and also feeling like it’s your right to judge people when you don’t know them is really f—-d up,” she added. “So I’m pleased I experienced that side of it, so I can learn to be a better person on the other side of it. I’m sure in the past I’ve been judgemental too. And it’s difficult because sometimes people do have eating disorders, but you never know what’s going on in someone’s life so I’d say don’t be quick to say you know.”
That’s good advice. Now maybe Karl Lagerfeld can take a hint.