Adele on the Cover of US Vogue - Does It Fuel The Weight Debate?

14 February 2012 by

More trumpets and streamers for the delightful Adele, whose week is getting better and better. After nabbing six Grammys on Sunday night, the latest edition of American Vogue has been released, and guess what? It features the lovely lady on the cover.

Adele has appeared on the cover of Vogue before, of course, though last time it was the British version of the mag back in October last year, in a shoot which was criticized for not featuring anything other than Adele’s face (and, ergo, not her famous curves). This time however, the US edition captures more than just Adele’s perfect face, as she leans in to the camera in the cover image with her teeny waist and full embonpoint on full show.

Inside the mag, though, as the brilliant NY magazine blog ‘The Cut’ points out, there are 5,974 words about Adele and none of these mention her figure – though mentioning the figure of a cover star is a well-established part of Vogue’s interview technique, with celebrities as diverse as Meryl Streep and Rooney Mara having had their physiques commented on in the past. The argument is, of course, that a publication which regularly comments on body shape and height is not actually embracing Adele’s curvy figure by not mentioning it. They are just, well, not mentioning it.

Hmm. This, of course, comes on the back of Karl Lagerfeld’s comments about the singer last week – in which he said that ‘the thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice’, a comment he later qualified by explaining that ‘Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can’t wait for her next CD’. CD? Oh, grandma.

So what do you think? Does Vogue do Adele a disservice by not mentioning her fantastic figure? Or should we all stop talking about it. Let us know!

Photos by Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott for American Vogue



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