The creative director of brands Chanel and Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld slammed the #MeToo movement asking models not to get in the profession if they “don’t want their pants pulled about”.
In an interview with a leading magazine, the designer, who over the years has ruffled feathers with controversial opinions on almost everything, said that he is “fed up” with the #MeToo movement. This is the same man who called Adele “a little too fat” and Heidi Klum “too big” for a model.
He went on to criticise new regulations that have been adopted by some photo studios and modeling agencies with the interest of protecting young models.”I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. It’s simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything,”
He defended stylist Karl Templer, who was accused of sexual misconduct by models who claimed he “aggressively pulled down their underwear without asking them” by saying, “It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there will always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even.”
The report was first published in February and included accounts of Templer “yanking their breasts, touching their crotches, or aggressively pulling down their underwear without asking them” during photo shoots. Templer again denied “wrongful intent” in the allegations against him. To this, Lagerfeld said he didn’t believe a ‘single word’ of the accusations against Templer, noting that ‘a girl is complaining that he pulled on her panties and he gets excommunicated from an industry that, until then, worshiped him,…’.
Well, looks like everyone has their take on a controversy, be it with the masses or against. And with strong headed people like Lagerfeld, it’s usually the latter. Hmm…