Superstar singer and curvy-girl inspiration, Adele is the cover star of the October issue of British Vogue. The October issue is considered a celebration of style that defines the modern English woman. Considering a well-placed lock of curls hiding part of Adele’s chin and a tight shot showing only the signer’s face…is this issue really celebrating the entirety of this modern, English woman (size included) or simply using Adele’s pretty face and star power to sell magazines?
Despite being a fashion magazine, Vogue has decided to showcase nothing of fashion regarding Adele. Instead the magazine focuses on her face, missing an opportunity to not only promote women of a “certain size”…but also the designers that sell to them. No one can deny Adele is a beautiful woman, regardless of size. This Brit does not subscribe to the worldwide obsession with dieting and being overly thin. “I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down,” she tells Vogue. “And I don’t want that in my life…I have [body] insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.
Her 2nd album 21 is set to become the bestselling album of 2011 and Adele moves her fans to tears with heartbreaking performances of “Someone Like You”, yet the soul singer battles well-publicized stage fright. “I puke quite a lot before going on stage, though never actually on stage…The bigger the freak-out, the more I enjoy the show.” Sounds damaging, but if it works…don’t fix it.
Alexandra Shulman states in her editor’s letter, “Our cover girl, Adele, has won over the world with her heartbreaking voice and her ability to seem as if she is very much herself. One of the interesting facts of celebrity is that we, the admirers, usually find some particular aspect of our favourite stars to focus on and that generally become ‘the point of them’. We like them to be a certain way, and often take a long time to accept any change. So Adele’s very normality, her down-to-earth determination not to compromise herself, has become as much a part of her USP as, for example, Madonna’s constant, deliberate reinvention.”
With designers like Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, many fashion insiders are heralding London as the new fashion capital of the world, surpassing New York in uniqueness and it’s ear-to-the-street type of style. Adele seems poised to be a part of a new British invasion of style, music, and culture.
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