This Week I Love …

Adele.

I mean, first off, this woman absolutely OOZES talent. She’s what, 22 now, and the proud owner of multiple Grammys? She’s passionate, ambitious, fearless, and absolutely mesmerizing in performance. Her songs are heart-wrenching, her voice is absolutely hypnotic, and her self-confidence is utterly inspiring.

Secondly, I absolutely adore her personal style. Classic, pared-down, and heavy on the retro influence? Yes, please! She’s worn a couple of Barbara Tfank gowns that stopped me dead in my tracks, I’d like to crawl inside her gorgeous hair to LIVE, and although she’s a little color-shy she certainly knows how to pick gorgeous and flattering silhouettes. I would quite happily swap closets with her.

Now. Body image. Adele has made some disparaging remarks about her peer group’s dressing and body management choices that tarnish her star a bit, if you ask me. But when it comes to her comments on her own figure, weight, and body, she seems to be utterly sincere when she tells reporters that, no, she doesn’t feel like she should drop a few stone to conform to some arbitrary beauty ideal. She says she doesn’t even think about it. Maybe she’s exaggerating, but here’s hoping she’s not. Because her unflagging confidence and her refusal to change herself in the face of fame-related pressures make her an anomaly and a potential role model.

At least, that’s what I think. Are you a fan of Adele? Her music? Her style? Her views on weight and body image?

Top image courtesy myplay, second image courtesy dailyvenusdiva.

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  • I love her too.
    What a talented babe. 😉

    xoxo
    N

  • Tina

    She just turned 24 last week. I love her! She has lost some weight since the Grammys.

  • Her voice is like frozen smoke. Speaking as a Motown native, I haven’t heard that much soul (except maybe from Ceelo Green) for thirty years. I have to also admire whoever it is that does her eye makeup. Stunning.

  • elizabeth

    Oh, I totally have a girl crush on Adele. We’re about the same size and I find it inspiring that she has the confidence and tells naysayers to essentially get bent when they say disparaging things about her weight. I think it’s something women of all shape and size should take note of.

    But also, I am in love with her voice and her ability to rock a live show. I love that she doesn’t play into the gimmicks of the music industry with auto tune and over production.

  • Courtney

    I adore her. I can’t always listen to her music for too long at one sitting, since she goes for fairly depressing themes, but I just love her sound. (A friend of mine likes to say, “On a scale of 1 to Adele, how bad was your break-up?”)

    I hadn’t heard about here making disparaging remarks about other people’s fashion choices and weight. I remember a quote about how while she loves stuff like when Lady Gaga is “showing her bum,” she’s has no interest in doing that herself. I’ve also heard the quote about how she’s more interested in being on the cover of Rolling Stone than on the cover of fashion/beauty mags. What did she say?

    • I first saw that “scale of 1 to Adele” question in an NPR article–I wonder if it originated there?

    • Sal

      Again, overall, she’s confident in her own body and wisely fights against any pressure to change herself, over-sexualize herself, or otherwise succumb to the pressures of fame. But she has said that other performers “dress like whores” and in an interview with Anderson Cooper she said, “I don’t want to be some skinny mini with my tits out.”

      • Lynn

        Don’t we have to be careful about quotes? So many are taken out of context or incorrect that I think it’s best to look at a person’s general attitude and behavior rather than singling out one response or statement as being representative of that person. I know I’ve made some silly, noncharacteristic, responses to questions that I would hate to be taken seriously!

        • Sal

          Yes, and that’s why I chose not to put the quotes in the post itself in the first place.

  • Lisa

    I love her too!! I can listen to her sing all day long, every day! Also, think she is gorgeous too.

  • I bought her Royal Albert Hall live CD/DVD set and have listened to that CD a million times by now. I love her music! And yes, as someone else said it is soul music, at its finest.

    I think she’s absolutely gorgeous too. I adore her retro look and the way her hair and make-up are done. She’s just a treat to look at and listen to. I hope she stays sane with all the hype around her!

  • brynnash

    I LOVE Adele. I think her music is unique and refreshing, and filled with so much genuine emotion. I also love her classic style and that she rocks her curves and doesn’t take crap from anyone about them.

  • Aziraphale

    Oh, yes. Definitely a fan of her music and her gravel-and-honey voice. And that’s saying something, because I’m not normally a fan of soul music in general.

    As for her style, she seems to know what she’s doing. I like her restrained use of colour, and the way she dresses uses her voluptuous figure to full advantage. I like her attitude about her weight. And she’s a very pretty young woman by any standard.

  • Mia

    I’m not too enthusiastic about the way she tends to slut-shame, but I do appreciate her presence as an unapologetic and super-visible plus-sized person in the media. (I do enjoy her music as well, although it was really Jade Richards’ cover of “Someone Like You” on the UK version of The X Factor that made me get something in my eye. Oh, that girl.)

  • I like some of Adele’s music, though there are times when her voice grates me a little (there’s this certain tone that some singers have that I just don’t like). And I like that she’s confident.

    My issue with Adele is that I don’t think she thinks before she speaks when it comes to things like weightloss/health. She’s been quoted saying that she doesn’t work out, and I feel like there’s a lot of impressionable young girls who will say “Oh, hey, if Adele doesn’t, I shouldn’t, either!” It’s the same as girls becoming anorexic because they want to be like thinner starlets/singers. It’s one thing to be at peace with your size; it’s another to not care about your health. And as much as she may not like it, Adele is a role model now, and you have to be careful when you’re in that position.

    • So what is she supposed to do? Like and say that she does work out?

    • mmm i think it’s going to take a lot more than one very anomolous (as to body size) singer to turn the tide of fat-hate. most girls have internalized fat hate too deeply, or so i would guess. some already overweight people might be comforted that an overweight (maybe?) person is successful and confident though, and i don’t see anything wrong with that.

  • Eden

    She’s lucious. Her voice is amazing and her style is so flattering. And she’s actually right… a lot of stars do dress like whores. Sorry if the truth hurts.

  • Miriana

    Her complaints (as a multi-millionaire) about paying tax at 50% didn’t endear her to a lot of British people.

    • pope suburban

      It didn’t endear her to this American, either. It felt like yet another fuck-you from someone lucky enough to have made it really really big, and it stung all the more to hear it coming from someone who benefits from the kinds of systems I can only dream of. It made me not want to buy any of her music, and I haven’t to this day– I make do with the radio. I like her style and I think she’s talented, but I just couldn’t deal with hearing her voice added to a lot of other ones that like to disparage me and complain about doing less than I have to when it comes to contributing to social systems.

  • Barb

    Although I love that Adele dresses in a way that doesn’t, um, overexpose herself, I think that her look often comes across as matronly. I’d like to see her find a better balance between modesty, retro style, and youthfulness.

    I’m glad she’s not obsessed with her weight – which has nothing to do with her talent – but have been a bit dismayed by comments she has made about not exercising & liking to smoke a lot – which are things that will affect her voice.

  • I love her too – everything about her! Her songs, her voice, her eyeliner, her clothes! She is fabulous and such a breath of fresh air compared to all the crazy auto-tuned stuff on mainstream radio!

  • I agreed w/ her in the Anderson C. interview. I think she could’ve worded it in a less disparaging way. But, bottom line, she’s right.

    Adele’s extraordinary. Her voice, the songs, the emotion and power with which she sings…that’s awesome. And I’m a country music fan. And she’s gorgeous.

  • Carol

    Beautiful voice, and she is true to her own style. On the comment note: She is 24 years old. We all say dumb things, in the media or not, and at 24 you’re not always the best at editing or behaving in the best way possible. I’ve often said of many of the young women singers that if I would have had that level of power and money at such a young age, I’m sure I would have done some things wrong too.

  • LaChina

    I enjoy her music, I agree she could wear a little more color and have some fun with her clothes,if I had her money, I’d have a seamstress on speedial. I applaud her take on body image, we should love our bodies and keep them healthy regardless of size.

  • She totally rocks!! I love her voice, her style, and her confidence. She has the best voice I’ve heard since Joss Stone or Amy Winehouse! 🙂

  • Sophia

    There is a pretty funny interview on the Graham Norton show (BBC) if you can find it on Youtube. Late 2011 I think. She has some funny stories and she’s pretty honest about herself. Personally I find her music a little melancholy for a long spree of listening, but in small doses it’s great. Her voice of course is amazing.

  • Val C-MN

    I love Adele! Have been a fan since the first cd, 19. I bought her first cd years ago after I saw her performing once on Letterman and twice on Ferguson. Even though the 2nd cd is great, my fave Adele song is her cover of the Bob Dylan song “Make You Feel My Love” from the 19 cd. It is just as beautiful as the Garth Brooks’ cover of that song.

  • Brittany

    Yepp! I love her! I’m so glad to see some more “real women” figures in the spotlight. And her voice..INCREDIBLE!

  • Allie W

    Listening to her right now.

  • I adore her. Everything. Even the thoughtless comments she may have made, because who hasn’t made thoughtless comments from time to time.

    I am frankly tired from the fact that she is now held to role-model standards. When are we going to stop having all of these people be our kids role models and start paying attention ourselves and cultivate different role models for them? Then there will be a balance between pop stars and scientists perhaps?

    Probably not really the issue that needed to be commented on here, but I had to say it!

    This was a great post and I enjoyed it! And the reading of all the comments! smooch