Before Adele swept yesterday’s Grammy Awards with wins in six categories (including song and album of the year), CBS aired an interview the 23-year-old British singer did with Anderson Cooper for “60 Minutes.” And not only can Adele clearly sing—she belts out “Someone Like You” a capella during the segment—she’s kind of a badass in the body image department, too.
“I’ve never seen magazine covers and seen music videos and been like, ‘I need to look like that if I want to be a success,’” Adele told Cooper. ”Never, I don’t want to be some skinny mini with my t**s out. I really don’t want to do it.”
And God bless her for that. Not that I’ve got anything against skinny minis with their tits out (subtract a few points in my Adele praise for her saying other pop stars “dress like whores”). But Adele knows who she is, and that that doesn’t have to be part of the package. ”I don’t want people confusing what it is that I’m about,” she said. ”I’m not shocking. I just stand there and sing.”
In an extended interview clip CBS posted online, Cooper asks Adele if not being “in the same mold” as Rihanna or Beyonce bothers her. Adele looks genuinely confused and says:
“Not at all … I’ve never really thought about it at all. It only comes to my attention if I were to read something about it. I think everyone else makes a bigger deal out of it, but that’s kind of their job, really.
[...] I’ve never seen pictures of hot men and been like, ‘I need to change what I look like if I want to be with them,’ or to sell more records—I don’t even need to. I’m selling records.
Ha. This is coming in the wake of designer Karl Lagerfeld calling Adele ”a little too fat” to be a success:
She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She’s not alone with implants.
He later apologized and said his statements were taken out of context.
I watched some of the Grammy’s last night. Most of the pop music, I didn’t get. Bruno Mars? The strange futuristic dance segment with Chris Brown (whom everyone is just supposed to forget beat the crap out of Rihanna)? Whatever weird trip Nicki Minaj is on? And who is it that’s listening to the Foo Fighters still? It’s all mind-boggling.
But Adele … Adele’s “Someone Like You” was the one pop song of last year to make me stop and listen. Adele, I get—she writes and sings pretty songs. Songs that you get in your head and you can’t get out. She’s not shocking, or a size zero, or part of the party-girl pop squad that grabs headlines. She just stands there and sings. Really f**king well.
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