We weren’t that impressed with Lady Gaga and her “Body Revolution 2013,” and it doesn’t sound like Adele is, either. Just days after Lady Gaga posed for her Little Monsters in her skivvies to open up a discussion about eating disorders, Adele spoke out against pop stars who pretty much strip and gyrate their way to the top.
It’s not just the idea of selling sex that bugs her, though. Adele is also kind of annoyed at the false image it sends to fans, many of whom have their own body image issues, because it’s a really unrealistic portrayal of how real people look and behave. “I’ve seen them up close and they don’t even look like that,” she said in a new interview. “Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look. I don’t find it encouraging.”
Adele was able to pretty much just sing her way to success, so she’s sort of proof that all the spectacle isn’t that necessary if your songs are good enough–and that her own body image hasn’t suffered just because she faced pressure from the media to look a certain way to fit in with her pop peers. “I just stand there and sing,” she points out. “I’m not worried that I’m a ‘plus size’ and so much bigger than other artists. No matter what you look like the key is to be happy with yourself.” Amen, sister!
We’re not saying that stars like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, or Katy Perry aren’t mega-talented, and Adele isn’t saying that, either. But she is pointing out–and is living proof–that you don’t have to show the goods to sell your musical goods. Fellow starlets like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson also drive this point home. If you can write and sing well, you don’t need a spectacle, simulated sex, or false heroism to be popular. And according to Adele, it’s probably best for you to avoid it anyway, if only to save your own sanity.
“I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down,” Adele told the U.K. edition of Vogue last year. “And I don’t want that in my life. I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” Uh, how simple yet brilliant is that? Hang out and work with people who build you up instead of knocking you down and you will have so many fewer hangups. Perhaps if Lady Gaga nixed Terry Richardson from her phone book, she’d have a lot less to worry about.
Adele, like Lady Gaga, has come under a lot of scrutiny for her weight, but she didn’t necessarily provoke it the way Gaga did. (Remember that whole “pop stars don’t eat” tweet?) While we don’t condone criticizing anyone’s weight under any circumstances, if you make your size and your body a focal point of your career, other people will run their mouths about it, for better or worse. If you exploit yourself, people will talk about you. If Lady Gaga really wants the world to stop talking about her size (for the record, we think she looks great), a safe bet is to keep singing–which she does remarkably well–and stop talking about it herself. (But we don’t think she’ll do that–because if Lady Gaga is being quiet, she’s not getting attention.)
Are you on Team Adele or do you think Lady Gaga and her cohorts are just being smart at marketing themselves? Do you think Adele or Lady Gaga has a better idea of a healthy body image? Tell us in the comments!