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February 16th, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Vogue alters Adele's cover photo

Brooke Baldwin talks to actress and model Emme about Vogue magazine's practice of using Photoshop to alter images. Grammy winning singer Adele graces the cover of February's Vogue magazine. Critics say the cover photo has been altered using Photoshop and does not accurately depict the true, curvy Adele.

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  1. Tim R

    People are going to feel one whole heck of a lot differently about this when Adele DIES of a heart attack at a far-to-young age. She's NOT just "curvy," she's obese to the point where it's a 100% risk to her health. When you consider that she's a smoker on top of that, the odds are quite high that she may die or suffer a debilitating stroke in her thirties. Stop with the policital correctness, obesity KILLS.

    February 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  2. Lisa M

    ENOUGH about her size already – who cares? It obviously doesn't matter; she did just win 5 Grammy's! I really don't understand everyone's obsession with her weight – it doesn't change how talented she is.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  3. SCer

    The idea that Adele is "NOT just "curvy," she's obese to the point where it's a 100% risk to her health" is an absurd statement. She proabably wears a a size 12 dress, perhaps a 14. We are so accustomed to looking at celebrities who starve themselves to be unnaturally thin and to seeing altered, slimmed down, photoshopped images that we don't seem to know what a "normal" woman looks like. On the other hand, the smoking is a real health concern.

    February 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  4. anne simmons

    Adele looks beautiful on the vogue cover and off the cover. Skinny models are airbrushed and wear extra contour makeup to look thinner and better, why shouldn't shapely ones do this also? We all want to look beautiful. I believe that shapely is more beautiful than gaunt and boyish with flat or fake breasts. Starving to be a size 1 or 2 is not healthy.

    February 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  5. sharky

    @Bryan S–

    I am surprised you even have a wife.


    As for Adele, she is 5'9" tall and is about a 14-16 dress size. As for her exact weight I do not know. However, Adele unlike pretty much all the other so called singers out there these days, Adele just sings, she doesn't need to lip sync, use autotune or rely on sex to sell anything.

    We are a sick society that will scream and shout about a woman's weight every two seconds. A woman is screamed at for being too thin. A woman is screamed at for being normal weight, a woman is screamed at for being over weight, a woman is screamed at for being obese. It seems what is the point of women even existing if we are being attacked over every little detail of how we look.

    Video DID kill the radio star. It is really sad that looks outweigh talent. Thank goodness some people are intelligent enough to ignore the whole obnoxious objectivity over her weight and actually pay attention to her talent which these days is superior to a lot of singers. And actually Adele really is quite pretty.

    February 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  6. Amish & ANDY

    I love Adele just the way she is ... photo-shopped too. I'm flexible like that...

    February 20, 2012 at 5:41 am |
  7. Opinionator

    I like the way people are making comments about Adele dying because she's overweight. We don't know her triglyceride levels. It's possible that she has lower cholesterol than some skinny folks. Furthermore, it's not as though skinny musicians die early because of lifestyle choices, right? Amy Winehouse maybe? Get off your skinny high horses.

    February 20, 2012 at 6:35 am |
  8. ImpishLisa

    Right on, Opinionator.
    One one side of the ring are women who are bony scarecrows so thin when a guy is on them it is like hugging a skelly.
    On the other side you have gals like adele who are not trim but surely aren't obese. What would they want her to weigh, 70 pounds? Give me a break.
    This is the new and STILL ACCEPTED bullying in a world that says: It's ok to sleep with whom you want, expected for you to starve yourself to skin and bones, and to drive too fast while you do your inhalants listening to gangster rap and talking about murdering people – but god forbid someone actually be a foodie that likes to eat and prepare food, or lives such a hectic life they have to decide between exercise in their free time or just relaxing.
    Why is it still acceptable to bully folks over their weight, but not for skin, intimacy orientation etc.
    Don't tell me that it's because bigger people make choices that cause more health risks.
    Want to be fair? Let's admit who risks their lives. Type A personalities do for their competitive &caustic behaviors that cause strokes and heart attacks.People with anger management issues. Smokers. Anorexics. Bulimics. Speeders. Alcoholics. Being poor and unable to afford healthcare causes lots of deaths, too.
    Yep, They cost medical bills, and so do **H a t e r s** do when they snap and hurt people.
    People make me so sad. How about we stop hating and mind our own business if it doesn't affect us?

    February 20, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  9. minnie

    Sad thing is, Adele's face looks much better than the image on the cover.

    February 20, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  10. J

    She writes music for the ears, not the eyes. That being said, she is beautiful as she is.

    February 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  11. Longhorn

    Reminds me of my first (and last) exerience with online dating: if the person's profile has only pictures of them from the shoulders up, there's a reason. Nothing against curvy people, but that's false advertising, just like the Vogue magazine.

    February 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  12. ann west

    🔴 It's pathetic , I diid not even recognize her. They gave her the face of a 100 lb person

    February 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  13. jojodgdm

    Thats NOT Adele!!!!

    February 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  14. jojodgdm

    Is it too embarassing to show her REAL picture? For Adele or for Vougue? What twits!

    February 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  15. gremlinus

    Are there seriously comments on here about a 5'9" woman who is in the 14-18 dress size being morbidly obese and at "100% risk" for health problems? Concepts of body images and healthy weights really ARE distorted. That's not even close to morbidly obese.

    February 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  16. Scott

    Whats the commotion about, our country is fat and disgusting! Women need to feel compelled that fat is bad, BECAUSE IT IS!

    February 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  17. deanna

    I don't know why anyone would be upset that Adele's wearing a corset in the photo. Corsets were made for curvy, voluptuous women! Skinny toothpick chicks can't fill them out – remember Gwyneth Paltrow's corset dress fiasco a few years ago? Poor thing never should have put on a corset, she had no boobs. But Adele's bod looks great in one.

    February 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  18. Bruce

    Those of your criticizing the obesity comments should do some research first on the correct body weight versus a person's frame size ( bone size) and height. You might be surprised at what you find. Americans have become desensitized to a large extent by the food industry and their own poor dietary choices to accept obesity as just a normal healthy person.
    Over indulgence and over intake of sodium kills many more annually than smoking. Do your research.

    February 22, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  19. hvespucci

    great business deal for Adele...all the magazines photo shop

    February 22, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  20. pm

    I don't have a problem with anyone's weight and since they Photoshop skinny models, why wouldn't they Photoshop full figured people as well? I don't think it is smart to alter someone to the point that we don't recognize them though. If you look at the Country music industry, especially, you practically have to be a supermodel to make it if you are a woman. Having said that, I believe America is heading towards a national health crisis where obesity is going to be the cause of most of our health care costs, if it hasn't already. People are all different and some people are healthy at higher weights than others, but being in shape and not overwieght is healthier than being obese. There is no disputing that. The question is, should the people who take care of themselves and stay in shape and are healthy as a result, have to pay for the exorbitant health care costs for people who eat themselves to death? As for Adele, she only has to be happy with herself. I love her voice and don't care if she is full figured, but I worry that she is young and will only get bigger and with the smoking, we could lose this great talent at an early age.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  21. pm

    ImpishLisa...isn't taking the other side and calling thin girls 'skells' being just as hateful and bullying?

    February 22, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  22. Tare

    People in the public eye should not promote unhealthy habits, especially in the case of musicians that children may emulate. Imagine the 200 pound teenager who say's she wants to be like Adele! There is nothing new about some musicians being poor role models – except for the topic of health is obesity instead of drug or alcohol abuse. It is clearly OBVIOUS that obese people engage in SELF-INDULGENCE as well as SLOTH. Informed people also know that hormone imbalance as a cause of obesity is a VERY rare thing despite it's common claim by overweight people.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  23. peggy

    Adele may in fact be overweight, but she is hardly obese. A woman who wears a size 12 is not obese. I know that overweight people contend with illnesses, but targeting an attactive young woman because she isn't a size 2 is wrong also.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  24. David

    I am always amazed at the weak minded individuals who claim that these celebrities have so much influence over us. How about we imagine a world where the parents of this 200 pound teenager take responsibility for the lack of influence they had in their daughter's life. INFORMED people know that we all make our own choices and being influenced by what we see on tv IS A CHOICE. IT IS CLEARLY OBVIOUS that some of us have a very high opinion of ourselves and there is nothing new about judging others based on appearance. Regarding the hormone imbalance, even if it is as rare as you CLAIM it would appear you are entirely too comfortable assuming things about obese people in the absence of any real knowledge about them. I have to say that speaks volumes about you. I hope you never find yourself judged as harshly as you judge.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  25. debi

    adele is absolutely gorgeous...pretty much every photo these days is photoshopped so i'm not surprised in the least that this one is. i have two young daughters who have been modeling since they were 6 months old. my oldest did a shoot for some italian catalogue at age 7 & i could tell they had shopped it once it came out. so, she no longer models as i didn't want her to have body image issues later on in life!

    February 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  26. Susan

    Being stick-skinny holds its health risks as well as being overweight. Different people have different set points as to what is healthy for them. My younger sister got up to 160 when she was diagnosed as a diabetic. Two months later she died of a massive heart attack. One sixty doesn't seem like much to many people. But it was a lot for her. Adele will decide if and when she may need to make changes.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  27. Joe

    Adele's songs sounded ok the first time or two that I heard them. But after hearing them 10 times a day for several months I can't change the station fast enough. I don't like her voice or her songs ... and she's fat!

    February 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  28. CC

    Adele has an amazing voice. However, she's a horrible role model. She's certainly clinically obese, and I echo what someone above said – that everyone will be spouting different lines once she dies of a heart attack at a young age. Someone so famous, who undoubtedly has the access and funds for the best personal trainers and nutritionists, has no excuse to be obese. I cringe to think of similarly overweight women who see celebrities who are overweight and choose to identify with them instead of trying to better their health. I'm not a proponent of "one tic-tac a day = healthy" either, but it's a sad thing in a society when obesity is the new hip trend, and people in shape start to be ostracized.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:50 am |
  29. Yitzhak

    What's the problem here? She lost weight and she's healthier now. Why must these fatties be hatin' on her?

    February 23, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  30. NYCMovieFan

    Who reads Vogue any more? It's so out of touch with how we really live, and what we realy want. I stopped reading it when they dropped the horoscopes page a few years ago, and by dropping my Vogue subscription, I am happy that I am not missing anything that matters.

    February 23, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  31. Rapunzel

    Her twenties? No way, she loooks like a 40 year old scrub woman with hooker makeup. She should thank Amy Winehouse for dying to give her a career as the raspy voiced Brit. If Amy was sober and alive, Adele would not have a career but be just another copy cat (which she is).

    February 23, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  32. dubla

    She's obese, period, not just "curvy". To the poster who suggested exercise is simply a matter of prioritizing free time, get off your couch – exercise is essential to human health.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  33. Feed the Trolls


    How is obesity the hip new trend when most celebrities are not obese and the magazine went to lengths to hide her weight? If anything, the opposite would be true and they would do more to emphasize her weight. Also, people who are fit are in no way ostracized. Did you think before you posted your comment?

    February 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  34. Siege268

    Hey, how about a little TOLERANCE??? There are over-weight people I love and skinny folks I love! Why all this rude stuff? Are you people that unwilling to simply let others have opinions that differ form yours? How about asking an obese person out for a walk? Maybe show a bit of kindness instead of name-calling and hatred?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  35. Alvord

    They Photoshop the hot chicks too. Everyone knows that magazine covers use heavily altered images.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  36. Mom of Anorexic girl

    Her body is none of our business. Her music gave me the chills when I first heard it. What Vogue is saying with this cover- if you are large you can't possibly have success.. here's what you should look like. They even snapped her with a coat draped over the lower half of her body in one pic.
    No wonder so many young girls struggle with body image and anorexia.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  37. Dina

    Obese?! are you serious people?! This is NOT an obese woman but an overweight one. I love how people scream about the health problems she SURELY has because she's so FAT... do you ever comment on the photos of stick-thin models who are equally at risk of having health problems due to being underweight? Just admit you hate fat people and move on ...much better than trying to conceal your prejudice behind the veil of false concern.

    I am a personal trainer and work with obese people regularly. Those of you calling her obese really have no idea what you're talking about and it just makes you look ignorant.

    February 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  38. Buck

    You can be healthy and still be Adele's size. If her sugar is under control, along with her cholesterol and blood pressure, then she is healthy. Being healthy does not mean you have to been thin. That being said she is probably obese. I am 5'9" 200 pounds and I am trying to lose weight. People look at me and say I am crazy, but according to my doctor and my BMI number I am also obese. People lets all try and take care of ourselves and stop worrying about what celebrities weight. And if someone wants to smoke, drink or be overweight what business is it of ours?

    February 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  39. FashionLover

    She has definitely lost some weight!!! CONGRATULATIONS ADELE!!!!
    Personally I am the Curvy type and I feel happy for her and to be able to get in Vogue........Who cares how she looks like? AS long as its pretty. Coz thats Fashion for you.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  40. ATLcracker

    As some one in the medical field looking at several pictures she would appear to have a Body Mass Index of 30 or more (normal is 18.5-25) which is obese by definition. We have gotten so used to seeing overweight people all around us that we don't know what "normal" looks like anymore. I have seen two men in my office recently who were sent there by relatives or friends because they were "too thin". They both had BMIs greater than 20. They were normal. As a singer her weight makes no difference. As a public figure and role model it is worth discussion. Incidentally while exercise has multiple benefits it has recently been shown that exercise levels less than one hour daily six days a week with a personal trainer without simultaneous diet modification are ineffective at weight control.. Only aggressive portion control has been shown to be effective.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  41. jedinites

    She is beautiful! And what a voice! For those who think they are medically superior, you might take into consideration how many famous people have died young due to obesity and then compare them to those who have died young to drugs, alcohol, anorexia, etc. Adele is actually real life size. And she is perfect the way she is. Saying that all women should be one size is like saying that we should all have the same prescription for eye glasses. Just because it works for you doesn't mean it works for all people.

    February 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  42. MSCOAM

    Huge fan of her voice, and she is beautiful, however she needs to drop weight. There was a time when she was normal, and now she is overweight and stressing her joints, heart, organs and emotional well being by being fat. Nobody enjoys being overweight and I HATE when fat celebrities say they "love" their curves. And FYI a size 12-14 is NOT NORMAL. Vanity sizing occurs in most clothing and more then likely she is two sizes larger...not healthy. Ugh.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  43. JHL

    Best case, she's overweight and sokes, neither of which is a useful recipe for a long life. On the other hand, she has enough money to pay for her inevitable health problems, so it's a wash. Let's hope she lasts longer than Whitney or Amy. Pass the biscuits.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  44. JRH

    First, I don' t actually think that Vogue cover is as big of a distortion as they're making it out to be, though Photoshopping covers absolutely does go on (even with perfectly thin celebrities) and it is harmful. Adele has clearly lost real weight since 2009, and power to her for doing so! But what nobody is mentioning here is that the 2009 Adele was about 19 years old, and she just turned 23 now. For her to be as heavy as she was as a 19-year old was clearly alarming and a precursor to all kinds of health problems.

    Is it our "business" what she weighs or how she looks, even? No, not really. There's some pretty ugly dudes in rock and roll that make great music! I think the mistake is that we're going too far in her defense. Adele doesn't HAVE to be a sex symbol just because she's a female artist – why can't she just be a great talent? In my opinion, it takes it too far when people come overly to her defense and say things like "real women have curves". "Curves" are hips, a rear end, and boobs, okay? They are not a protruding belly that results from eating 4,000 calories a day, and not exercising. But, as I said, it looks like Adele is trending in a more healthy direction, so good for her. Her health doesn't affect me one way or another, but don't pretend like she has to be a sex symbol, or that it's "okay" to carry around 50-100 lbs of excess fat. It isn't okay for anyone!

    February 27, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  45. batjones

    The face of the picture reminds me of Alyssa Milano. I find nothing wrong with either Adele or Alyssa.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  46. Pinewalker

    TimR – Adele is not obese and she is not going to die a young age from her weight. Did you see in person on TV recently??? She is somewhat overweight but NOT obese. Its not political correctness, its called get a clue!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  47. Adam

    Seriously doesn't anyone care? It's their magazine and they can do whatever they want. I'm sure what model release that was signed when she had her photo shoot done basically says the magazine owns the photos and can do whatever they want with it. Can we move on with our day now?

    February 28, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  48. Laura

    NEWSFLASH! they photoshop everyone! I think it is ridiculous the conversations about weight. Adele is not a stick (thank god!) but why don't we talk about health instead of size! The obsession with weight and size is yet another continuing factor in the epidemic of eating disorders! This problem is just as bad as the crisis in obesity. Let's talk about health and stop judging everyone based upon their size!

    February 29, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  49. Justagirl

    When Adele first came out, she was much larger. MUCH much much larger. She's dropped a good 90 – 100 pounds. But no one seems to applaud her for that. Instead, you guys attack her for not being a size 2. Why not applaud her for dropping the weight? When I saw her at the Grammy's, she was even thinner. View some of her videos from 2011, and view her performance on the Grammys from this year, and you'll see that she continues to lose weight. Give her a break. She's not a whale – she's a person who is doing something about her weight, and succeeding.

    February 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  50. Callie F.

    Yes, to the loads of people that say obesity kills. So do car accidents, drinking diet soda, plane crashes, the use of plastics, random homicidal maniacs, teenage students, etc etc etc. Shut up about it already. She has an amazing voice.

    February 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  51. PatRN

    BMI as defined by the government: overweight 25.0-29.9; obese, 30 and over. Morbidly obese is generally felt to be 100 lbs. over ideal body weight. Posters have been using the terms "overweight" and "obese" so much in this discussion I felt it would be appropriate to define them. The terms "fat", "whale",etc., have no place in this kind of forum. And, when was the last time anyone saw a thin operatic soprano?

    February 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  52. Jacksonville FL

    Why would Vogue photoshop her picture?? What are you trying to depict to our younger generation. Adele is a beautiful young woman despite her flaws(smoking or obesity as ppl have mentioned) who should not be altered for a magazine cover. Stop making women on your magazine covers thinner because of the image you want to portray!! A woman does not need to be thin to be beautiful!!!!

    February 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  53. Ft. Lauderdale

    Those who saw her performance at the Grammy awards know that she has lost quite a bit of weight. I dunno when these Vogue shots were taken, but she looked great, and healthy, at the Grammys. She's not stick-thin, but I hope she doesn't feel pressured to be that way, because extremes of either sort are unhealthy.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  54. ChubbyChaser

    She looks and I bet feels wonderful. I wouldn't mind asking her back to my place for some dessert.

    February 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  55. cogboy

    it's kinda crappy that vogue feels the need to shave inches and pounds off a very talented big girl who is quite comfortable in her skin. i have never been to caught up in all the bs controversy about skinny models in the fashion industry but adele is not a model. she is a gifted singer and if vogue respected women instead of trending toward creepy old gay men's fantasies (, miss lagerfeld) then it would be a better magazine with a better message and more impact.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  56. Deal

    She is a natural beauty. Stunning face and skin and curves. Fab voice! Brilliant Songwriter! Down to earth. Except for the smoking she is *perfect*.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  57. Mary

    So what?? People need to get a life if they have a problem with someones photo being altered....I mean really....Only someone as stupid and pathetic as Obama would have an issue with this...In fact he should probably call another beer summit at the White House to get to the bottom of authorized this alteration....I mean he has plenty of time on his hands since he isn't doing anything else other than playing some basketball and attempting to singl

    March 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  58. Rick

    I gained weight when I was younger, not much of a problem. Then I got old. I had to drop 30 pounds and still need to drop 10 more because my health was out of whack, and I'm not even considered close to obese.
    Adele is young, but when she hits 30 she had better watch out, youth isn't forever.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  59. Nicole

    I guess Angelina looks HEALTHY to most....*snickers*

    March 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  60. Disgusted by COMMENTS

    We don't know how Adele lives, her health or mental issues if she has any. QUIT JUDGING WHEN YOU HAVE NO CLUE!

    And a side note.....It's been proven that even people who are overweight can be healthier than a skinny person. Overweight people who exercise can be just as healthy as a person who is fitness junky. It's her life! You don't like it don't look!

    March 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  61. G Star

    Most people commenting here are way off the subject.... the problem here is that Vogue used photoshop to alter her appearance – as if she didnt look good enough for their precious magazine cover... The truth is, the magazine would have sold countless copies regardless of how she looks. And I seriously doubt of Adele approved this... In my opinion, THIS IS DISCRIMINATION OF THE WORST KIND!

    March 2, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  62. Matt

    geez people think she's gonna die in her 30's cuz she's not skinny.....tell that to Aretha celebrating her 70th next month

    March 2, 2012 at 5:26 am |
  63. Jess

    I think the cover just makes her look weird. But as I watched her on the Grammys, all I could think of was how sad it is that we lost Whitney and Amy this year to drugs and alcohol abuse and here's Adele with her smoking and weight issues, and how we might loose her too! She does seem to be slimming down some, and I don't think she needs to be a size 2, but I wish she would just be healthy.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  64. Get Real

    Hey! All those guys commenting on how Adele is morbidly obese are really into a delusional thinking about what is normal.
    I also believe that men and designers that adore stick thin women have some power issues and probably would prefer girls who look like young boys.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  65. Alaska Dawn

    If Adelles 'size' is no big deal then why did the mag photo shop her thinner??

    They knew she's fat.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  66. cindy

    Where is everyone getting the idea she is obese? What is wrong with some people? She looks healthy. Anyone see Angelina's bony arms the other night?

    March 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  67. Julian

    Is the word "curvy" the new Politically Correct term for FAT ?

    March 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  68. ecrmum

    I'm sorry but what magazine cover photo ISN'T 'photoshopped'? Even the 'skinny' models' cover photos are edited. Don't be so naive.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  69. Angela R.

    You people are absolutely absurd. A person's weight does not tell the total picture of health. Look at Davy from the Monkees. He was a vegan that was in perfect physical shape, yet he died of a heart attack. One's body type, lifestyle, activity level, diet and genetics all are factors in one's health. A person can look healthy but be malnourished. The singers of yesterday were curvy. Currently neo-soul singers like Jill Scott, Angie Stone, and Ledisi are curvy just like Adele. Most women have curves. The average size for a woman in America is size 14.

    March 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  70. Leila

    The American standard of beauty has probably made many, many young girls, young women, and even middle-aged women extremely 'body conscious'. We are fed images of beauty that are really not even reflective of the average American woman. Yet we subscribe to the standard by making sure we look ageless and skinny. I have battled anorexia my entire life (since the age of 4). I was always made conscious of my looks since I was a little girl. Today at age 49 I WISH I could have the mindset Adele has-that she will not be a "skinny mini". I have worked my whole life to stay skinny.

    March 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  71. C. Andrews

    We're so conditioned to seeing stick-thin women being held up as the feminine ideal of beauty that one a normal-shaped woman comes along, she's derided as being fat. No wonder so many young girls have eating disorders. Adele is gorgeous just as she is.

    March 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  72. FatMan

    My cholesterol is normal. My blood pressure is normal. – good even. My blood glucose level is on target. I have the beginnings of arthritis but otherwise no health issues. I smoke. In medical terms, I am morbidly obese. I am 46 and show no sign of dropping dead any time soon. Isn't it interesting (as previously mentioned) that Davy Jones, the picture of perfect health and lifestyle dropped dead from a heart attack? Fatphobes beware. It's not the flesh so much as the genes that matter.

    March 4, 2012 at 6:05 am |
  73. Elizabeth Reed

    As a curvy woman myself, I feel very sad for our society that we have become so superficial that someone who just won 5 Grammys can't be proud of who God made her to be. She is a beautiful and talented woman who deserves to be acknowledged for exactly who she is. This is what is screwing up our young people's minds. "You are extremely talented, but because you are not a size 0-2 we have to make you into that size on magazine covers or no one will like you" No wander Adele wants to take five years off, she will need that much time in therapy to have any self esteem again. Does anyone care to discuss bulemia, purging, anorexia and amphetamine addiction? I love YOU, Adele....just the way YOU are and ALL of you!

    March 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  74. fdgh

    Why is this a big deal because they did it with Adele?

    They edit /every/ cover photo they use.

    March 4, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  75. robin

    stop buying vvogue and let them know why. they will change it when their revenue goes down

    March 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  76. Wendy

    Ok, Ok, Ok – Why the heck isnt anybody getting on that Fat ars Ce Lo guy – Pleeese, he is twice Adeles size but I dont see anybody harping on him - Can we say double standards for men and women

    Nuff said

    March 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  77. Hugenot

    Adele is fat, which merely mirrors a huge percentage of her fat U.S. Fans. She is talented and fat.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  78. Charlotte

    Elizabeth, and Anne – I agree that the focus on this lady should be her musical talent, not her obesity, but that having been said, I find it sad that people who are obese seem to think that "it's what God made us to be" (it isn't, it's what too much food and too little exercise made you to be), and moreover that you characterize those of us who wear sizes 2 or 4 to be "skinny." For your information I'm 5'8" and I wear a size 4 and I am far from skinny! I'm right in the healthy weight range for my height (130) and I'm fit, muscular, healthy. It's a pity that society's acceptance of the unhealthy heavyset American average (note I do not say American "normal" because it is NOT normal, it's average....and when the population overall is obese, then the average is skewed away from 'normal') leads so many people with this severe health risk to make excuses, accuse those of us who ARE at a healthy weight of being ugly and bony and scrawny, and in general deny that they have a problem. Whether you choose to correct it or not is of course up to you, and society shouldn't ignore your musical talent or mathematical genius or whatever other aspect of you makes you a contributing member, but it's so sad that so many are in denial about the state of this serious health risk.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  79. studdmuffins

    You mean they're bigger than the altered photo? Sweet.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:46 am |
  80. Megz

    I am flabbergasted that no one has taken the time to mention that this woman is also a ginger

    March 6, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  81. mickey1313

    I think that it should be illigal to photoshop any ad at all.. That is false advertising, which is to say fraud. When did americans become so spineless that we bend over for those corporate monsters who only care about money, not people not a good product or service, just how to best rob the majority out of there hard earned funds.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  82. Jonathan

    Shame on you Vogue, Love me some Adele!

    March 7, 2012 at 4:37 am |
  83. Christine

    1) they photoshop everyone. Who cares? It'd be better if they didn't do it at all to anyone, but who cares?
    2) i hate the word "curves" b/c many ppl do use it as a filler for fat. Frankly, you can be slimmer and curvy or bigger and curvy. Curvy is about shape, not just size.
    3) ideally, ppl should be healthy, not anorexic, not bulimic, not morbidly obese. Having said that, you CANNOT assume anything about a person's health based purely on size. If someone doesn't exercise, will they be able to run a mile in 8 min? Prob not, but that's the same for thin or fat. Ppl want to assign blame when the fact is that genetics play a large role in what disease you get. Certainly, exercise and eating properly will help you, but there are plenty of ppl who could be huge and still not have diabetes while another person will have blood sugar problems when they have 20 extra lbs.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  84. L Michele Lafferty

    Obesity requires a person to be 30 pounds over the right weight for their height and bone structure as well as a BMI of more than 30. Marilyn Monroe wore a size 12-14. And it's not uncommon for singers with strong voices to be larger in build. It takes large strong lungs and a very strong diaphragm.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  85. Big Henry

    She's got a look that's just made for radio.

    And, yes, she is clinically obese. Sugarcoating it just makes you fatter.

    Then again, she's a singer. Not a profession that requires a fit body. Pavarotti anyone?

    March 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  86. Amber

    Wow! How many people have been physically healthy and eat well and not smoke and have the perfect BMI and still die from cancer or a car accident, etc.? She's doing what we all should her her life to the fullest. life is too short for us all.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  87. mr. awesome

    A magazine photoshopped it's cover model? Stop the presses!!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  88. Dylan

    I think my favorite thing in the world is people referencing the BMI as evidence someone is obese. A middle linebacker in the NFL, based on BMI, is considered to be morbidly obese. It makes no distinction between muscle weight and fat weight. Do a tiny eeny weeny teeny bit of research before spouting off about stuff you clearly have no clue on.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  89. Dylan

    Oh and to Charlotte above- it may come as a shock, but some people to tend to hold more weight than others. It's this weird thing called individual genetics. Are all fat people predisposed to being fat? No way, but there certainly are some.

    March 8, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  90. Sandy

    Amber...Totally agree!!! Your comment was the best.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  91. Techsupport

    She's just the right amount of thick. Any more would be too much. She's veluptuous.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  92. teresa,ohio

    It would be insulting to be asked to be on a cover and then for them to say, "oh, and we think you're not acceptable as you are so we WILL be changing your looks.... you're fat, ugly, disproportionate, and basically disgusting"

    Ridiculous of them to do so much photoshop on anyone. We are all ok the way we look.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  93. Jane

    Fat people should not be revered. They're unhealthy and lazy. With all of Adele's money, she should set a good example for young, obese girls and get a trainer/gym membership instead of gloating over her future diabetes and cankles.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  94. LZ3661

    Is there a magazine that doesn't doctor it's covers?? Adele looks great, enough with the weight discrimination

    March 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  95. chelle

    Oh please – they didn't just photoshop her – she is barely recognizable!!!! In the spirit of Kate Winslet, it would be wonderful if most celebrities made the magazines agree to a minimal amount of airbrushing (pimples, fly-away hair). She is just fine the way she is. Angelina Jolie looked appalling on the Oscars! And she stuck her bone-thin leg out like it was gorgeous to look at!

    March 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  96. erin

    So what she's fat..who friggin cares..shes talented...Davey Jones, a vegetarian who jogged every day , died at the young age of 66...people just need to mind their own business and let people be who they are already...I lost 100 pounds in one year after diet and excersise and find I enjoyed the company of my fat friends more than the company of the new thin, gym folks..They are the meanest , most superficial, judgemental, people I have ever met.

    March 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  97. marty cornad

    her songs are awful and she's fat

    March 13, 2012 at 6:08 am |
  98. r

    Don't know what the big deal is about her being a role model...she can sing, she's happy, apparantly healthy. Seems to be a good role model to me. I don't want to eat more because of her music, anymore than I would do cocaine because of Charlie Sheen. I don't need him as an example to be a winner, anymore than youngsters need Adele, Charles Barkley, or any other celebrity. Now, if they use Nancy Grace as a role model, they should be given a long timeout.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  99. Melissa

    I just wanted to say as a woman that knows sizes, theres NO WAY she is a 12-14. She's probably a 22 or more, shes definitely plus sized. She is beautiful though and so talented. I love her music.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  100. Alex

    I love her curves. She is beautiful and she makes amazing music. Skinny is not everything.

    March 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  101. pamik

    Adele is a beautiful woman who makes beautiful music. Most men and catty women perpetuate the myth that skinny is the best. Add the breast implants and the men are in lust with a stick with boobs. Why the big deal about her size. She doesn't have a pierced nose, no blue hair, boobs aren't haning out...she's just a young woman singing songs. Everyone is so critical of her. I'd tell Vogue to either put me on there the way I really look or put someone else one the cover. Vogue broke their commitment to her when they altered her appearance.

    March 15, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  102. Caren J

    After reading the comments that call Adele Morbidly obese, I could throw up, but then those people would probably call me bulimic. The average size woman in todays society is a 14. If people are happy with their body size, whether it is "larger or smaller," then that is their choice, and no one else is affected by it in a positive or negative way. Im pretty sure the publishers at Vogue were not writing about Adele's body size, but her music. The fact that they airbrushed her the way they did, just shows that they have no idea what is acceptable, and that Vogue itself thinks that the only people who should grace a magazine cover should be skinny. It doesnt matter how talented someone is, it only matters how they look. Adele is beautiful & talented the way she is, and its no wonder I don't buy vogue. My first reaction when I saw this cover was, "Wow, she looks great, and obviously lost weight." Writing lies is no different in print or picture.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  103. tukaussey

    Wondering what Adele says

    March 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  104. Olivia

    She is young Gorgeose women,enaugh juging her. Let her be how she is!

    March 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  105. Big Fan

    "Curvy" doesn't come close to describing Adele. If she were truly going to be on the cover it'd be on the front AND the back. It's interesting that her hog-grunting is regarded as "singing."

    March 16, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  106. BBW

    In response to Tim R-Everything kills. The air, the water and the Regional Transit bus that could clip you as your yapping on your cell phone walking to your car or work. Yes-I agree obesity kills. The definition of obesity is a differnt story. Look up your own BMI-I bet you $5.00 you yourself are considered obese. So stop with the judgemental scataa and live and let live. She is a wonderful singer and I enjoy her music and her look.

    March 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  107. Gina

    Why are the majority if not all of the posts about fat women? For every over weight female I see I see about 10 really fat men! There is a difference in being proportioned for your frame and being a fat pig. If she is 5'9" she should not be a size 2. I do think there is a health epidemic in this country but we need to distinguish between FAT and body type. Also it is true that not all fit people are the most healthy internally. But I'll keep the topic to the visual. Stop eating fast food, desserts and soda and take a walk now and then it's that simple.

    March 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  108. BBW

    Adele is sexy! What i wouldnt give to be her! Shut up about health problems, stop counting your calories and live! ;D

    April 1, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  109. Madrone

    @Tim R just coz someone is heavier, it DOES NOT mean that the person is unfit. Im sick of the projections, that overweight people are sick. I am overweight, and have low blood pressure etc, and sail, ski an dive.. You are wrong wrong wrong

    May 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
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