Karl Lagerfeld Attacks 'Fat Mummies'

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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld lashed out at "fat mummies" when a German women's magazine announced it would no longer be using stick-thin models in its fashion spreads. He even called Heidi Klum, who gave birth today, too heavy.

The designer, who according to The Guardian has a penchant for skinny models, said that the only people who object to slender women are overweight mothers.

"These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly," Lagerfeld said in an interview with Focus magazine. The creative director of Chanel went on to add that readers crave fantasy, and that fashion was all about "dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women."

He made the remarks in response to Brigitte editor Andreas Lebert, who said he was tired of having to doctor photos of underweight models to make them look heavier. The magazine will begin using non-professional models with real-girl bodies as of Jan. 2, 2010, according to The Guardian. Lebert also put a call out to readers to audition.

Lagerfeld, 71, is well-known for his defense of super-thin women, and in the past has dismissed the idea that an unattainable standard of beauty depicted in fashion magazines encourages anorexia in women and girls who are not models.

According to The Guardian, he stirred the pot further by saying that "family problems" or "other traumas" caused models to be underweight, not pressure from the fashion industry.

Not even the beautiful people are safe from Lagerfeld's exacting standards. He made news in June, when he blasted supermodel, mom and "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum for being too fat. According to The Sun, he said she was "too heavy" to be a catwalk model.

Klum, 36, is married to Grammy-award winning musician Seal and gave birth to her fourth child, a girl named Lou Sulola Samuel, on Oct. 13.

On the opposite side of the argument, British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman called on designers to end the "size zero culture" of fashion.

Do you want to see real, round women in magazines, or do you prefer the slender fantasy?

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