There’s Nothing Body Positive About Discussing Adele’s Weight Loss

There’s Nothing Body Positive About Discussing Adele’s Weight Loss

Adele holding award and smiling

Adele Is Rolling in the Deep. So Why Are We Being So Shallow?

Last week, Adele broke the internet with this selfie. The world, and all its shallowness, collectively gasped at her recent weight loss. Adele — at whatever weight, shape, astrological sign, relationship status, or anything else — is badass (“21” is the best-selling album of the 21st century, thankyouverymuch). She’s also a positive role model for all people, not just women, so let’s not try to spin this like it’s a girl thing.

There have been a million articles since the beginning of the month about the singer and the weight loss that society has programmed us to take note of (but pretend we haven’t). (Some headlines: “The way we discuss Adele’s weight loss is a health risk to us all.” “Adele Isn’t Discussing Her Weight So Why Are We?” “The right way to respond to Adele’s weight loss.”)

Some fashion critics are pretending not to notice, like this Vogue writer, who avoided the weight issue altogether, instead of using the euphemism “sleek new moment” when writing about Adele’s new “look”. Some fans are calling those who mention the words “weight loss” and “diet” as fatphobic; others say she sold out or has somehow betrayed them by daring to lose weight; others are tweeting their heartfelt congrats; others, like this tweeter, say those who are impressed with Adele’s weight loss — rather than her musical achievements — need to “rethink your values.” If these mixed responses sound confusing, it’s because they are.

Adele said she was never affected by the fat-shaming of people like asshole designer Karl Lagerfeld — who, in 2012, called the Grammy winner “a little too fat”. (He later apologized. Gee, thanks.) “I’ve never seen magazine covers or music videos and been like, ‘I need to look like that to be a success’,” Adele has said. “I don’t want to be some skinny mini with my t-ts out. I really don’t want to do it and I don’t want people confusing what it is that I’m about.”

We love that.

She was on the cover of Vogue in March 2012 looking Photoshop-chiselled. Fans chimed in that she must be ashamed of her size. Yet Adele maintained she didn’t care about the haters; that she loved her body.

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Someone from camp Adele has chimed in to clear up whatever confusion there may be about the “Hello” singer’s — er — “sleek new moment”. “My hope is that people appreciate the hard work that Adele has done to improve herself for the benefit to her and her family only,” her former London-based trainer Pete Geracimo wrote in a May 7 Instagram post. “She did not lose the weight to make others feel bad about themselves.”

So there.

Are you tired of the world picking apart celebrity bodies? Weight loss, weight gain, imperfections.  Women have more to offer than what they look like. Isn’t it just time this all stopped?!

A New York City native, Caitlin O’Toole has worked with some of the biggest names in media, including The New York Times, the Huffington Post, People.com, and MTV. She’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed blog “The Miss Jobless Chronicles”. Now based in Australia, Caitlin continues to write for a variety of websites, blogs, magazines, and nonprofits and is loving the beach, her new family, and the Aussie way of life.

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