In the new issue of Interview Magazine, designer Karl Lagerfeld chats it up with former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. The fashion big shots commiserate about wealth ("You're in your jet—you don't have a grip on reality. We can lose touch with reality quite easily.”), and being oppressed by jobs.
And then there are Lagerfeld's views on kids.
Regarding Roitfeld's children, Julia and Vladimir, Karl comments: "You're also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter.”
Luckily, the former Chanel guru was spared the horrors of raising an unattractive daughter, as he is childless.
“If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids,” Lagerfeld opines. “But for men, I don't believe in it."
I wonder why he has no kids? but then.. it must be hard looking like a lizard in a tux
... says the man who looks like a ghoul from Fallout 3.
This fool runs his mouth and pure IGNORANCE spews forth. He lacks education and common sense, manners and any sense of reality whatsoever.
In other words, he's just an IDIOT.
If it's really all that "difficult" to have an ugly child then obviously this nit-wit's mother has had a terrible time of it.
He looks like a cross between a cartoon character and a Holocaust survivor.
Another eccentric who doesn't make any sense. First, it is not worse to have an ugly daughter than an ugly son. There is more to a woman than her "looks". Second, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is beautiful to one, is ugly to another, blah blah. Its just that Hollywood and the like attempts to define beauty for all of us, which is pure BS. Third, to say that having lots of children for women makes sense, but doesn't make sense for men, doesn't make sense at all. Especially when women and men marry each other and have families. What good does it do for a woman to have a lot of babies that she can't support by herself? If you're a designer, be a designer. If you're an actor, be an actor. If you're a singer, be a singer. Keep your political, lifestyle and other opinions to yourself.
It is a sad state of affairs when the only type of beaty we focus on is outter beauty. The real beauty a person poses is the one within and that is the kind of beauty that counts in the end. This superficial beauty that everyone is obessed with nowadays is what is wrong with society. The only type of beauty i have ever known that makes a difference is inner beauty, that is the only type of beauty that makes a difference in peoples lives and betters the world. You think had mother Teresa been obessed with outter beauty she would have taken the time to help so many people and make a difference. Or what about Martin Luther King, do you think think he was worried about his outfit or what his hair looked like when he was making a difference. I truely feel sorry for Mr. Lagerfeld for he does not know the meaning of true beauty and happiness, he basis his happinesss and material and superficial things that in the end he will not be able to take with him.
Who cares what this ugly, misogynistic loon has to say? When will women start ignoring gay men who want them to look like teenage boys in drag? The fashion industry is a pathetic morass of self hatred and torture.
As someone who others might consider 'unattractive' I have to say he has a point, as much as it hurts me to say. He didn't say ugly people are lesser people or that they deserve it.. all he says is it's difficult and that's the truth. Society judge people by their looks. More so women than men but men are not excluded. I have never in my entire life have any women swoon or even give me a second look. I have to work Society is shallow but you are dealt the hand you are dealt. Some people are born beautiful some are not. Some are born into wealth and some are born into extreme poverty. It is what it is.
Evidently Ms. Lagerfeld doesn't realize the hurt that he can cause with his statements. When I was little, I was not cute or pretty at all – my Mother was gorgeous. People would look at me and wonder how it could happen that I didn't look like her. Anyway, to make a long story short, I grew out of that phase and am happily single, attractive, well educated, have a great job, own two homes, and travel extensively. After you're grown up you learn that without brains, beauty isn't worth much.
Look at the picture closely. I see pure Sleestak from Land of the Lost. This guy is a Sleestak! Get him, Chaka!
Ok, I know there are a lot of cracks about his looks but give it a rest ... he's 77 years old. What are you going to look like when you're 77? Heck, I have 20 year olds telling me I'm old and I'm 33 years younger than this guy. I don't know, this guy has a skewed view of the world ... and most of the comments here just fall to his level.
I'm glad I have attractive children, not that I would love them any less if they were homely, but i'm glad they are attractive.
wouldn't want to have my back to karl!
It's OK. I doubt there are too many parents ("breeders" in the vernacular of Karl and his kind) who would embrace Karl's definition of female beauty. Not many of us would want our daughters to grow up looking like anorexic junkies.
Wow, Prince is looking pretty awful these days.
Check his early photo's here.
If you look there you will see Karl is not bad looking. He is an older man and a well known fashion designer. We should not judge vanity in that way though. See kids already have complexes and it's not enough that people treat them bad at school and stuff. Perhaps he means in today's judgmental world. Which is certainly is. Somethings are best left unsaid but we don't know his frame of mind at the same time so judging him is sort of silly too.
the thing is..he lives in the most superficial and fantasy structured industry in the world....they are all like that in that business. I have a friend who is very involved in the high fashion industry. I have been to the parties, backstage at fashion week shows etc and it is an evil evil place to me. Constant criticizing and cutting down, hateful personalities, and the moment someone walks away they get talked about behind their back. Those people are COMPLETELY built into their own fantasy world where beauty is the final "IT"...i cant imagine living my life around those people.....but that is the way they look at the world....if its not beautiful, they can't be bothered.
Yes Karl, it is hard to have ugly kids. It is also hard have bonesmuggling kids who dress like douzchenozzles
If it looks like your head was photoshoped onto random shoulders – is that a good thing? This guy is a freak.
Why did I waste 10 seconds on this (either the "news" item OR the fatuous comment thread)??
HE is talking about being ugly? Please, he looks like Donatella Versace in about 10 years in this photo.
It's hard to have ugly parents too.
"It's hard to have ugly kids."
So says Karl's mommy. He looks like he's going to his own wake.
Can't be that hard, your mom did!
His mother must cry herself to sleep everyone night thinking.....Man I gave birth to one ugly ass kid.....
Simply pathetic... I'll gladly pay for the bullet if he'll knock himself off. No man could ever conduct himself in such a way and maintain possession of a 'Man Card'.
How does a man get to be that age and still be so pathologically shallow? Has he learned nothing about what's actually important in 7 decades? Guess not. What a tragic waste of humanity.
He wears size 10 women's jeans – seriously.
Karl...not too hard for your momma though!
What a guy. Making fun of "ugly" kids, I guess he does not own a mirror. But then this is the same guy that criticized Heidi Klum and made fun of Seal's skin, and hates any female over a size 0. Sad sorry state of affairs this man is/was given any recognition and was ever in the spotlight for anything.
You're suppose to get wiser with age, it's sad to see this shallow little man is STILL self-consumed and terribly shallow.
It looks as if it were very easy for his mother to have at least one ugly kid. Dude, you put the ug in ugly.
This from a guy (?) who looks like a marionette? Anyway......
I believe Mr Lagerfeld is still with Chanel, so he's not the "former Chanel guru". In the Interview piece he is quoted as saying "'I don't want to compare myself to you, but it's like at Chanel, I can do what I want, when I want, where I want. And that's because I am worth more when I'm free. I think it's the same thing for you.'" further evidence that he's still with the historic house.
well what do you expect from an old "QUEEN", he's gay, he can't have kids anyway, thankfully, beauty is only skin deep karl and your ugliness is to the bone with that comment made. let's see how you recover from this gaffe.
So did he dress in the dark? Playing in the old clothes chest in the attic? Perhaps he was a handsome man in his youth, but seeing as he batted for the other team, who cared?
Oh Karl, you hilarious old queen, you.
Damn, look at him. He's as ugly as a bulls butt hole. He's old, skin that sags, and he needs a high collar to hold his head up. Yep, he's butt hole ugly!
Look, if u don't gave kids you have no idea what ugly is because having kids well change the way you look at every child. Having a child changes the way u look at EVERY child. Before I had children I use to think that child is ugly bt after having children no child is ugly because u see so much more.
What's that saying, those that can't do – teach?? In his case it would be, those that can't model – design.
What a superficial thing to say.. Luckily for him, he found fashion.... Ugly children may have an advantage... they might not focus so much on their look and won't suffer from narcissism.... Stupid man!
I agree ... ugly kids tend to gross me out, too! I usually tell them, "go awayee, you nasty-looing, malformed cheeldren", when I see them ... which makes them cry and look EVEN MORE HIDEOUS!
Can't government do anything?
I feel bad for parents, just for a second anyway, when I look at their kid and it's am ugly little troll...lol you know their friends are all joking about having to tell them how beautiful their baby is...and deep down, the parents know they are being lied to anyway.
People who work in the style industry have consistently shown themselves to be pretentious, empty, simple minded people with little or no value outside of fashion.
I was a funny looking kid and grew up to be an entirely average-looking adult (at my best). But I always had friends, many suitors, married an exceptional (and incidentally very attractive man), got a PH.D from an Ivy League school, had kids who grew up to be kind and successful and retired at 55 to do good works and live on my millions. I would much rather be smart than beautiful -frankly I would rather be simply a solid, nice person than be beautiful. My appearance has never had much impact on my self-esteem, and I make a concerted effort not to think in those terms about other people. Even though thoughts about beauty/ugliness may creep in from time to time, I don't think they are useful constructions in living a life. I think that preoccupation with appearance limits people and narrows their lives and loves. It also hurts their children. So as classless and insensitive as Karl can be, I feel a certain sympathy with a man who is so diminished by his beliefs and manners.
Your comment reminds me of the movie "Liar, Liar". Jim Carrey's character and son had this exchange: "Teacher says we're all beautiful on the inside." ...:"That's just something ugly people say."
If he wants to see ugly he should look in the mirror. Why do so many so called "experts" in fashion look so tacky and ugly?
I love children and to me they are all beautiful!
He specified it would be difficult to have an ugly DAUGHTER. Unattractive men have a shot in the world but women/girls need good looks to get by...and not humiliate their families, it would seem.
What women need is a good education and a good paying job. If you rely on your looks you won't get far!!
I was very pretty and managed to have gorgeous kids but we always said __better to be fascinating than to be "beautiful" why? looks are fleeting–even if an accident. acne, skin diseases, the sun or the wind do not ruin your face, time most certainly will change it–better to have something deeper and more lasting–like intelligence–the ability to converse on any subject and the skill to engage others and enjoy life.
Well if anyone knows about being ugly, he's your man! Inside and out.
I am totally agree with Sencho. I sure what he meant was that in reality we like it or not, atractive people have an easier life.
Thats what we all honestly think who ever says otherwise is not been honest.
Is not a question of not loving and caring. Because he was not a beautiful child.
Hey, he's no prize himself.
There are no ugly children! Youth is beauty. Too bad the fashion industry is brainwashing everyone to look and act like their models.
Au contrare, madame. You're just being purposely obtuse because you don't want anyone to think you've ever said someone's kid is ugly.
You have eyes. Use them. It is abundantly evident to everyone that there are a lot more homely (or even just average) kids on this planet than there are pretty kids, simply because there are far more homely/average adults.
This coming from someone who calls themself Barbie.
That guy is hideous!!! hehe
Not that I want to agree with a jerk, but it's true. When my ex was expecting, I often hoped my son didn't come out an ugly baby. Yes it's shallow, but we're all shallow at certain times.
But it's NOT shallow; it's a natural human desire to have your offspring be attractive. Part of it is imprinted into our brains; the rest of it is largely a result of living in a society where lookism is a very definite and deciding factor in how we are treated by others, etc. There's nothing in the world wrong with wanting, hoping, or wishing that your children will be born beautiful.
He might be ugly but he's very succesful and is a man (apparently), what he says is correct, a beautiful woman might have better luck in our societies than an ugly one, that's a fact and do not deny it cause must of you think the same way and dare to criticize every person that appears in a picture, movie, etc.!!!!
we need to put an end to breeding stupid people
LOL well said! but it seems ppl on this site don't have any sense of humor... ah, dah, forgot that this is american version of site, that explains very well LOL
More 'poop' jokes, please.
It is important for you to show everyone that you cannot be swayed by posting something 'new' or 'unique' or 'different'.
It's much better for you to prove that you can post the same 'poop' joke again and again and again and again.
That's being individualistic!
That's being creative!
Poop jokes are a time honored tradition on here. It's part of the rich cultural heritage we've cultivated.
"I've always thought 'ugly' was an ugly word" said by the Laura Linney character in Kinsey in response to a comment about ugly college girls.
Wow... that's profound. Did she write that herself?
Ugly face, ugly personality, ugly jacket.
Talk about losing touch on reality.
How did Arnold say it? Your one ugly... Mother F.er
Yes! I love Schwarzenegger quotes! In this case it fits perfectly. Personally, I think that guy looks like Michael Jackson, and that's not necessarily a good thing...
Has it ever occurred to some of you that he's joking about "ugly kids?" Americans can be sooo sensitive and stupid.
Oh, I believe he meant every word of it. It's just that there's really nothing wrong with what he said. And if there is something wrong with it, then most of us are guilty of the same thing. We have all looked at children (perhaps not children we know personally, but other people's children nevertheless) and thought or maybe even expressed aloud the very same thing... that we're glad our children didn't turn out ugly.
Problem is that most of you have parent goggles on, so you wouldn't have any objectivity with regard to your children's looks anyway.
Oh, yes, only Americans can be sooo sensitive and stupid. *eyeroll*
Please! Lagerfield is always insulting some group of people. LIke the time he said no one wants to see fatties – size 2 – on a runway.
He was just stating facts then, too. No one DOES want to see fatties on the runway (unless it's at a plus size show - and even then no one WANTS to look at them).
Yeah, yeah... some of you just go right ahead and keep trying to convince yourselves and everyone here that you haven't ever looked at a child and thought, "Thank goodness my kid's prettier/handsomer than THAT kid."
You've thought it, and you know it.
Yeah, Sencho, I was looking at your kids when I thought that very thing. And your momma must've had it rough with all the looks she got haulin' you around.
Nope, I don't have kids. But I'm guessing you're probably at home with (or on your way home to) a mess of them. And I'll bet you're the only one who thinks they're pretty, too.
Sencho why are u the only one sticking up for this guy. Lagerfeld is just another rich guy who uses middle class citizens as doormats. Kissing his butt doesn't change his opinion of you. You're just another consumer. He contributes nothing to society and people like yourself worship him for his rampant commercialism and exploitation of 3rd world labor. Selling$10 clothes for $1000
You must be too ugly to attract a mate. Oh well, you won't have to put a bottle of lotion and a box of Kleenex through college. The world will be better off if you don't reproduce.
I bet you he does not have a mirror at home because this is the ugliest designer among all ugly designers I've ever seen, besides that his shallow view of life represent that he is only capable of designing clothes further than that he does not have a brain!
Um...really? Has he seen himself in a mirror lately? Let he who is without good looks cast the first stone.
In all seriousness...what does he even mean if he were a woman he'd want lots of kids...yet doesn't believe in it for men?! Does he know how babies are made? Or is he insinuating men can make as many babies as they like and leave it to the women to raise them? Either translation shows his intelligence.
God judges the person by their hearts not the way they look on the outside. Whatever God gives you there are STILL
10 Commandments. Judgement will be fore coming. Was Jesus "GOOD LOOKING" ?? GO CHECK
Yet they Crucify him and then say "SAVE ME LORD". Judgement is a sin. This generation has disregarded Gods word.
Very sad.. But I know some people keep his commandments. That's why it is written "DON'T DO AS THE WORLD DOES'.
Man is sinful to the core.. Turn from sin..
OMG !!!!! Has this really ugly man looked in the mirror !!!!
He is just speaking from experience. That is how he ended up ga y, beat half to death by his looks obsessed father and doted on by an over protective fashion obsessed mother.
Probably not true but I love playin' armchair psychiatrist.
By the way... Karl Lagerfeld wasn't born an old man in strange clothing. Here's a photo of him from his younger, far more comely days...
I think @Sencho is Karl. If not, must be one of his cowering yes/henchmen. What's up Sencho? Is Karl threatening to cut off your supply of Perrier and wool blazers from the corporate closet if you fail to try to defend him online?
Trust me, if I was Karl Lagerfeld, I'd be somewhere doing something a helluva lot more interesting than talking to the unwashed masses on CNN's message boards.
Yeah, just what I thought. He threatened to ban you from the corporate closet full of free clothes. Is he standing over your shoulder dictating the responses or are you thinking of these yourself? Maybe you should as some of the "unwashed masses" for help.
You sound like a brainless, fashion obsessed dandy by the way. Why so grouchy this morning? Did you get ketchup on your favorite Armani tie?
Nah, I'm not grouchy. Just sleepy, I guess. I'm just getting tired of your mom always trying to call me collect from prison.
Hey, Lagerfeld, did it ever occur to you that the ugly kids don't exactly enjoy it, either? Those of us born with less than perfect looks can at least take comfort in the fact that we're human enough not ot make suchh a comment about anyone else.
Go put the bag back over your head.
I'm sure Lagerfeld is well aware of how harshly society will sometimes treat someone with average or less than average looks. Take a quick look through this thread, and you'll see your angry message to Lagerfeld is preaching to the choir.
Too bad his mama had to deal with raising such a troll. These snooty fashion people crack me up, man. What gives them the right to look down on us regular folks? I don't give a cr@p what this schmuck thinks. Another White Russian, please.
Lots of money and the ability to ignore the suffering of the world (unless it is in Africa, they love suffering in Africa).
I am wondering if he even owns a mirror
Are Lagerfeld's comments any less offensive or hurtful to others than Galliano's rant? Booo to the both of them.
thats the pot calling the kettle black no?
Im betting that he goes to bed at sunrise.
So you think he is a Vampire Melba? Too funny... He is arrogant is nothing else...
"You're also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter.”
Get off your high horses, you schmucks. You know darn well that none of you would want your daughter to be ugly either. Lagerfeld didn't say anything you haven't thought a thousand times yourself. He didn't say ugly kids don't deserve to be loved; he just pointed out the fact (and, yes, it is a fact) to Roitfeld that pretty people often benefit in many ways throughout their lives that less pretty people do not.
Hey Sencho you're an ASS...and an ignorant one!
See? Touched a nerve there. Sandra must have an ugly daughter and is too ashamed to just admit that she thinks she has an ugly kid.
Actually, Sandra, in this day and age of the beautiful people, Sencho is right. No one wants an ugly child, or a child who is perceived to be homely. It's a dirty, little secret most of us keep to ourselves though.
Right on Sencho, we don't make the rules we just recogize them and live by them.
What the heck does THAT mean?! Women cannot get pregnant without a man being involved somehow.... Stupid idiot.
So, you aren't bright enough to understand simple English, but Lagerfeld's the idiot... no.
What he obviously stated is that he would have entertained the idea of having lots of kids if he was a single woman, but that he doesn't think single men should have a mess of kids around. He's doesn't expand on his reasoning, but that's what he meant.
That's nice to insult someone, especially if they misunderstood something. Obviously, you are prefect and make no mistakes. Otherwise, STFU and go sit on your golden throne.
Sencho, I don't see Lagerfeld specifying 'single' anywhere, so I don't know where you've got your interpretation from.
I'm pretty sure that as he didn't expand on his reasoning, you cannot tell us what he meant, as his sentence was not actually "simple English" – unless you have some psychic power.
My gosh, it's Prince's older brother!
Ahh, and Mr. Lagerfeld is oh so attractive? He's hardly one to comment, IMHO.
That's okay Mr. Lagerfeld, children don't like ugly grandparents. And as my grandmother often told me: Ugly is as ugly does.
But Karl stated he'd hate to have an ugly daughter. As a woman I understand his meaning. An ugly man who gathers worldly power is an aphrodisiac to women. But an ugly woman, well, with or without power has a hard road to tow.
And that's why ugly girls/women must devlop attractive skills, like good convo, great fashion sense, etc. oh, and a
very good sense of humor. Becomiong an extraordinary lover helps greatly, too. I know whereof I speak. And Karl,
gay or not, is handsome, and talented and sartorially pulchritudinous. So there.
why i read this is beyond me – having just wasted minutes of my life i leave this message. Glad you didn't have any kids Lagerfield – one of you is more than enough for this world.
They call this news...I want my wasted moments of life back, too.
They didn't call this news. It's in the blog section. By definition it's not news.
Bravo to you Mary... He isn't even handsome... I am SMH here...
Too bad for Lagerfeld's parents – they had such an ugly son. (And his cologne smells like crap too.)
In truth, Karl Lagerfeld was a rather attractive man when he was younger. But then, you wouldn't know that and probably wouldn't make any effort to find out before you popped off with your stupid comment.
Whether he looked good (at one time) on the outside, he certainly showed he is ugly inside.
sencho_'attractive" is in the eye of the beholder. When he was young, he still looked like a cadaver with Mick lips.
And what has he done for the world???.......................Gave us the crappiest smelling perfume/cologne ever to be trapped in an elevator wtih. Thanks ugly man. Go away.
oops. I guess I type too slow.
From the looks of him, it's a good thing he didn't have kids. First!
Juju 4 life
What gives him the right to say that Hs he looked in the mirror lately?Can U say Mr Hanky
@David at Corpus
Wow.You and your dad are pretty stupid.
David in Corpus.......more than likely only you and the childrens mother think they are beautiful. And that is perfectly normal that parents think they have the most beautiful children in the world. But you must be realistic and understand that probably no one else thinks they are beautiful. So next time you are looking at someone elses kids and think crude things about them......their parents are probably saying the same about yours.
If he thinks having an ugly kid is a pain, try having an ancient old queen who's had way too much plastic surgery as your *father*.
isn't he gay? How was he EVER to have kids? donate sperm to a carrier? Or adopt–it is not as if he looks good–he looks like a cadaver with Mick lips.
"In America, it's well known that almost all of you have obese kids..."
Hey Gramps – people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Take a good look in the mirror – you obviously felt compelled to fix up your sorry-looking mug with plastic surgery and a pathetic weave!
you definitely have your own opinion despite your own unattractive face.
sure you can dress it up but facts are there, you are nothing to look at...you look like a simian ape.
Mr Lagerfeld happens to be my friend, age takes us at unusual times so I wouldnt be one to judge we are here once and we deal with it. Peace and love just had to comment.
jujubeans !! Right on ! What gross looking man (this coming from a totaly hetero married guy)
He looks like a Hobbit, I wonder if he has the hairy feet?
That David Lee Roth! What a kidder!
i bet when he talks, it smells like someone sharted.....
I wish I was that gey, that grey and that rich! Unfortunatly, I'm neither ... :(
You can't brush that out.
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