Karl Lagerfeld, the most famously reformed fat person in the fashion industry, is in some hot water for some nasty comments he’s made about overweight women and plus-sized models.
AFP is reporting that a French agency called Belle, Ronde, Sexy et Je M’assume—translated as “pretty, curvy, sexy and fine with it”—is suing Lagerfeld for recent defamatory remarks he’s directed towards overweight people, women in particular.
Lagerfeld has been quoted many times over the years regarding his disdain for those who don’t fit the industry’s unreasonable standards when it comes to size, and the recently published book The World According to Karl features many of them in print, including this gem: “It’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous.” He also once said that Adele was “a little too fat.” Take that as you will.
Not shockingly, the media’s had a field day with this news, but this suit seems a little too ridiculous to be true. We consulted our friend Elie Mystal, the editor of our sister site Above the Law, about whether or not this suit has any chance of holding up in a court of law. As it turns out, it probably doesn’t.
“This is not serious. This is not even reasonable,” Mystal said, even considering how strict France’s defamation laws are, and how generous they are to the aggrieved parties. “You still have to identify a party,” Mystal continued. “Who was Largerfeld defaming when he thought about fat women and said ‘eww’? All large girls everywhere? And who gets to speak for all large women everywhere?”
While this suit has come under serious media scrutiny, we doubt it will get very far, despite the agency president Betty Aubriere’s persistence. “This frivolous lawsuit is just a plea for media attention, the Belle Ronde people aren’t even suing for money,” Mystal told us. “Instead, all they want is the chance to ‘respond to and confront’ Lagerfeld over the comments. That’s not a legal action, that’s an episode of Oprah.”