I’m starting to wonder if being a little zaftig isn’t just Adele’s ultra-secret weapon to keep being super-famous and selling tons of albums and winning cartloads of Grammys without having every detail of her private life pried into.
I mean, she’s basically had a #1 album for a year now, and even though I don’t really listen to current radio hits (my music taste has somehow become trapped in Pitchfork circa 2004), none of the stuff that typically filters down about celebrities has come down to me about this lady. All I know, outside of her hits, is that she’s British, she was 21 a couple of years ago, and “Someone Like You” makes people cry a lot.
How many pictures of this woman’s face are in shadow (including her damn album cover)? How many full-body shots of her do you usually see? No one wants Adele to be on magazine covers because she is fat, and this is part of why fat women often say that they feel invisible. But if you want to be a mega-celebrity and still have people keep their grubby mitts off everything you do, this is actually a really good strategy! Just make good music and be chubby. As long as you aren’t having public sex or doing blow off the sidewalk, everyone will buy the album and ignore you.