“I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids and I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G’s brother. It was so ghetto.”
Yesterday, after the quote inevitably inspired some negative press on the blogosphere, Nicola took to Facebook to defend himself by posting a picture of a shoot he styled for V‘s size issue with the comment “i know i should just leave it but…i really hate when writers just write whatever they want… ‘i dont work with fat people…’ why would someone say such a thing?!”
So was Nicola misquoted? Here is the statement we just received from W‘s PR rep: “After double-checking both the print and audio transcript, W firmly stands behind its reporting of its interview with Nicola Formichetti.”
He probably did say what he said without really thinking about the gravity of the statement he was making. He was exaggerating and maybe joking (It would not surprise us if the creator of Brothers of Arcadia had an inappropriate sense of humor). And if you need further evidence that Nicola maybe does not have as much respect for the rubenesque as he claims to in yesterday’s defensive Facebook comments, Refinery browsed his personal Facebook and found three “rather insensitive public profile photos,” including the one below.
Even if Nicola didn’t mean for his comments to be offensive, they were undeniably insensitive and incongruous with he and Gaga’s supposed dedication to acceptance and embracing diversity. Though, the two of them also have a tendency to be outspoken and politically incorrect. As he points out on Facebook, he will of course continue to work with plus-size subjects, especially when they are famous like Beth Ditto (who he says he’s working with on a shoot for VMan) and it’s for a fancy magazine and he’s getting paid lots of money. Just sayin.’