Karl Lagerfeld seems to have found a new home on the small screen. He’s appeared on numerous European talk shows since Paris Fashion Week, most recently in London, where he’s in town to launch his Chanel Little Black Jacket Exhibit.
However, Channel 4′s Cathy Newman had no problem asking Lagerfeld about more serious topics than than celebrities wearing Chanel jackets, like anorexia in the fashion industry, a subject he considers “ridiculous.”
When asked if he feels a responsibility to make clothes for healthier models, he says,
I’m sorry to say it’s a subject that I consider on the bar of ridiculous for several reasons. The story with anorexic girls–nobody works with anorexic girls. It has nothing to do with fashion. People who have that, they have issues with family and things like this.
Apparently, instead of anorexia, the real serious issue is girls eating junk food and gaining weight:
There are less than 1% of an girls [who are] anorexic, but in France over 30% of girls are big overweight. And that is much more dangerous and very bad for the health. So I think today with the junk food in front of the TV and things like that is something dangerous for the health or to girls. The models are skinny but they’re not that skinny
He cites model Saskia de Brauw, who is over 30, as an example of new models who aren’t that skinny. “There are a lot of girls who are not only 15.”
Finally, when asked if he feels he has a duty to care for the models he works with, or any responsibility for health, he basically just says, “If Twiggy would come today, everyone would say, ‘too skinny.’” Hmm.
You can watch the full interview below.