I was on Twitter and I saw that one of my favorite Singaporean bloggers, XiaXue, tweeted regarding her most recent cover shoot.
Here is her tweet:
Did homegirl really just say Adele only gets to grace covers because she is fat? Oh, wait no it is to make a point. I don’t think she realizes that Adele is a singer, she has a phenomenal voice. I watched her in concert last year at San Diego State’s Open Air Theater. Let me just say, Adele sounds exactly like she does in her album. So if I am getting this right, XiaXue claims she gets to be on covers now because she lost weight, and that Adele gets to be on covers to make a point about being fat.
Adele vs. Xiaxue? Not even a comparison. Sorry XiaXue, but you are just a beauty blogger. Sure you do covers and you are in a few Michelle Phan videos and you are a big deal in Singapore. When it comes down to it you are just a blogger. Adele is kind of a big deal. I doubt the media only highlights her because she is fat…
In her blog post Xiaxue rambles on and on about how Adele is a hypocrite for saying she doesn’t strive to be on magazines,to be skinny or have her tits and ass hanging out like Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. I think the issue with her post is Xiaxue is taking everything from context. I think it comes down to the media. Our media loves to sensationalize people for what identifies them. Whether it is because you are skinny Asian girl with pink hair, a fat British singer, a black professional golfer or an Asian basketball player, the media likes to have an identifier for who they are talking about. So yes, Adele probably gets asked about her weight and social pressures in every interview she does for a magazine. Xiaxue is an idiot if she thinks that is the only thing a magazine is going to focus on when they interview her.
I think in reference to the Katy Perry and Lady Gaga bash: No Xiaxue, she wasn’t bashing them for being skinny and flaunting their bodies. I interpret it as she is flaunting her music, and she doesnt need gimmicky stage props and outlandish Red Carpet outfits to get attention. The world isn’t divided into skinny and fat.
Let’s not forget that the media is notorious for Photoshopping women to look like people who don’t really exist. Adele is a fat,curvy,thick woman in the spotlight for the world to see. Obviously, there are going to be people out there who are self proclaimed doctors and think she needs to lose weight because she is unhealthy. But I interpret her “I never want to be skinny” less as an insult to slim and thin women and more as a retaliation to social norms. Not that she never wants to be skinny, but that she isn’t pressured by society, what Karl Lagerfeld, you or anyone else says about her body or what she SHOULD look like.
**these are my interpretations, what Adele actually means, hell if I know. But there is more to an interview than what a journalist chooses to highlight or what quote a blogger chooses to put next to a picture on the web.**
Or maybe, she knows Adele is quite popular and by bashing on someone a lot of people love she will get more hits? Either way. I just bought into it by blogging about her, and in all honesty Adele is a talented vocalist and Xiaxue is a beauty blogger.