The Chanel designer is facing legal action over negative comments he made about curvy women
Karl Lagerfeld has had an official complaint made against him over statements made in his recently published book that allegedly praise thinness and are derogatory about curvaceous women.
Lagerfeld, who has been at the helm of Chanel since 1983 and also has his own eponymous label, wrote in his book The World Accoring to Karl, that 'No one wants to see curvy women on the catwalk.'
Now a French association, known as 'Beautiful, Curvy, Sexy and OK With It', that was set up in the city of Saintes in western France last year, has taken Karl to task on his words. Betty Aubriere, the president of the association, filed the complaint which accuses the designer of 'defamatory and discriminatory comments.'
'We're fed up,' Betty Aubriere told AFP. 'Many young girls are insecure and hearing such comments is terrible for them.'
However, Lagerfeld's controversial statements are not merely confined to his book: on television earlier this month, he blamed France's struggling healthcare system on 'the illnesses contracted by people who are too fat.'
The 80-year old designer also echoed this sentiment in his book, writing: 'It's the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous.'
These comments come a year after Lagerfeld criticised Adele for her weight. 'Adele is a little bit too fat, but she has a prtty face and a divine voice', the Lagerfeld said.
Responding to her critic at the time, Adele hit back in a magazine interview with the words: ‘I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.
By Olivia Marks