The “Someone Like You” singer doesn’t care to look at all like someone’s current day pop star.
The pregnant 24-year-old is slamming singers who revert to your typical sex sells formula to gain attention for their music, telling The Sun that “exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look. I don’t find it encouraging.”
While Adele didn’t name names, it sounds like an indirect reference to hit makers Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, known for their provocative barely there attire and sexually charged concert antics.
“They don’t look how they do in magazines or videos. I have seen them up close,” Adele added. “I just stand there and sing. I’m not worried that I’m a ‘plus size’ and so much bigger than other artists.”
Even while her own fuller figure has been its own subject, she says it hasn’t phased her self-image. “I have never seen magazine covers and music videos and thought, ‘I need to look like that to be a success.’ That self-confidence has caught the attention of fashion designer Christopher Bailey, who reportedly approached the fellow Brit to collaborate on a plus-size line for country-bred brand Burberry.
Adele's comments come right as Lady Gaga revealed her own weight insecurities—battling bulimia and anorexia since she was 15 and her concert tour weight gain.
The eight-time Grammy award winner definitely has her album 21 to stand as a testament to her statements, but what do you think about today's outspokenness? Should she have put her fellow artists on blast? There's an argument to be made that artists like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Madonna aren't simply selling sex, but celebrating their sexuality in the face of societal norms that would otherwise prefer women to conform to some else's standards of how to "appropriately" present their bodies—this topic doesn't have to be so black or white, right?