Jameela Jamil calls Karl Lagerfeld a ‘fatphobic misogynist’ following his death

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Jameela Jamil has hit out at the late Karl Lagerfeld. [Photo: Getty]

Jameela Jamil has dubbed the late Karl Lagerfeld a “fatphobic misogynist” in the wake of his death.

The 32-year-old actress’ criticism came hours after Lagerfeld passed away, at the age of 85, in Paris yesterday.

The German fashion designer had been at the helm of luxury fashion house Chanel as creative director since 1982.

Jamil, a body positivity activist and actress on Netflix show ‘The Good Place’, shared her controversial opinion of the fashion designer with her 643,000 followers on Twitter.

Sharing an article from Wear Your Voice entitled “Stop mourning oppressors: Anti-condolences for Karl Lagerfeld” – which references the time the late designer called pop singer Adele “a little too fat” – Jamil added: “I’m glad somebody said it.”

While many may take issue with the idea of condemning the dead, it is fair to say Lagerfeld proved unpopular with some during his lifetime.

From his outspoken quotes about everything from cosmetic surgery to Pippa Middleton to his proclamation in 2018 that he was “fed up” with the #MeToo movement, Lagerfeld hit headlines for his controversial moves as well as his pioneering designs and catwalk shows.

Nor is Jamil the first to criticise Lagerfeld since his death.

Just hours after the news broke, animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement that left some people disgusted.

The press release, sent via email on behalf of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk, read: Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.”

But despite the comments of his critics, there was a huge outpouring of celebrity tributes for Lagerfeld yesterday, with everyone from Victoria Beckham to Elton John bemoaning his loss.

Whether he was loved or loathed as a person, there is no doubt that Lagerfeld – who transformed Chanel, dressed royals and inspired designers all around the world – has left a huge legacy within the fashion world.


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