13 Times Karl Lagerfeld Was Fatphobic, Problematic, Islamophobic, And More

This post discusses fatphobia, Islamophobia, and sexual assault.

Earlier this month, Vogue announced that the 2023 Met Gala theme is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.” This immediately drew backlash from fans and celebs alike, given the late fashion icon’s controversial and problematic remarks.

Karl Lagerfeld

Here are 13 Karl Lagerfeld problematic moments that have resurfaced, sparking backlash, discourse, and criticism:


When he voiced his discontent with Germany taking in Muslim refugees in 2017:

Karl Lagerfeld on the runway


When he body-shamed Adele:

Closeup of Adele


And also Heidi Klum:

Closeup of Heidi Klum


When he harshly criticized Seal’s skin:

Closeup of Heidi Klum and Seal


When he criticized Pippa Middleton’s appearance:

Pippa and Kate Middleton


When he talked about Lana Del Rey having “implants”:

Lana Del Rey onstage


When he intimated that feminists were “ugly”:

Closeup of Karl Lagerfeld


When he was asked about beauty standards and said, “No one wants to see curvy women.”

Karl Lagerfeld


And in the same interview, he said, “You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly. The world of beautiful clothing is about ‘dreams and illusions.’”

Closeup of Karl Lagerfeld


When stylist Karl Templer was accused of sexual assault and Karl Lagerfeld defended him in the worst way:

Karl Templer


And when he criticized the #MeToo Movement:

Closeup of Karl Lagerfeld


When he called Princess Diana “stupid” in 2006:

Closeup of Princess Diana


And lastly, when he mocked Andy Warhol:

Andy Warhol

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