Karl Lagerfeld Slams Models, #MeToo Movement

Iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld is getting dragged on Twitter after he issued a blistering critique of models who have complained about getting groped and the #MeToo movement in general.

The man behind Fendi and Chanel spoke with Philip Utz of Numero and issued a number of unusual comments, discussing, among many things his lack of body hair, his devotion to his cat Choupette and detailing exactly why and how he’s “fed up” with #MeToo.

Among his stand-out comments:

  • Regarding his eating habits: “I was on a diet for 15 years, but now I can eat all I want without ever gaining a gram. It’s very strange.”
  • On Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo: “I’m fed up with it. I don’t even eat pig [in France the movement’s known as #BalanceTonPorc]. What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses. That said I cannot stand Mr. Weinstein. I had a problem with him at amfAR.”
  • On what models should do if they don’t like being groped: “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. As for the accusations against the poor Karl Templar [creative director at Interview magazine], I don’t believe a single word of it. A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!”
  • About his kitty: “I had one in the famous portrait of me taken by Helmut Newton 40 years ago, and I wanted to rediscover the feeling of having one again, to see if after all these years, it was still just as bothersome. What is funny is that with all these whiskers I look a lot like Choupette… we’re really like an old couple. In fact, she maintains it for me, we sleep on the same pillow and she spends her life licking it.”
  • Also, his cat is one of his heirs: “Among others, yes. Don’t worry, there is enough for everyone.”
  • In case you were wondering, he doesn’t like hair: “Well let’s just say I have it where it should be. But I don’t have a hairy chest for example, or a hairy back – thank God! – or hairy thighs…”