As reported, Karl Lagerfeld did in fact shoot a spread for V magazine’s size issue, which hits newsstands January 14. Though the issue features very skinny and very large women, he deigned to shoot the latter. The Kaiser quite famously said this in October:
“No one wants to see curvy women. You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly.”
He also called German magazine Brigitte’s decision to feature real women instead of models “absurd.” Yet Karl also had Beth Ditto play at his fall 2009 Fendi party at Paris Fashion Week after, she told the Times, he made a lot of “fat-phobic” remarks when they first met. So maybe Karl just embraces the fat when it’s cool, and maybe, in his book, V is making fat cool again. Perhaps he gave burlesque dancer Miss Dirty Martini hell on this shoot. Then again, perhaps he was wise enough to realize that even he and Baptiste combined would probably be no match for her.
As we’ve noted, it wouldn’t be a plus-size spread if the model weren’t naked or close to it. See the shots in the slideshow.