Adele’s Award-Worthy Body Philosophy: ‘I Don’t Want To Be Some Skinny Mini With My Tits Out’

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.

Photo: Adriana M. Barraza/

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    • Francesca

      woah woah woah, the foo fighters are STILL amazing. i heart the dave grohl.

      just wanted to say that. agree with everything else.

      • Elizabeth Nolan Brown

        I’m not really being fair about Foo Fighters, probably. I’m basing my knowledge of their new music on awards show performances.

    • Melissa

      People who like music that’s written and sung by the artist’s themselves not manufactured crap are listening to the Foo Fighters.

    • krys Kirkpatrick

      I agree with you wholeheartedly on the grammies. Adele is real, divine and amazing. And Chris Brown there were 6 of us watching and we all said…do people forget about him being a woman beater? What are we telling our kids?
      What I did love….The Civil Wars…I had never heard of them. I have already bought there music and have been listening all morning. All in all it was great entertainment for the hightlights…foster the people, beach boys, Adele, Civil Wars….

    • Sol

      I agree with you on everything you said, but the comment on the Foo Fighters is really unnecesary, specially because they’re a rock band, and rock bands usually last more than many pop star with a popular album. The word “still” makes it worst, because music is eternal, and everyone has their favorites bands or musicians. They are probably winning awards just because shows like the Grammys mafia forgot about many rock bands, and they owe many awards to their careers, more than the rock album of the year.

      Good article.

    • larry mitchell

      Adele is a good singer who has adifferent style. Is she at a mariah carey, the late whitney houston, she is good. stop with she is the voice she has been been here for two albums ok. she has an Irish folk pop sound. Has already had voice trouble and has not tested it for a period of time. She sings they sing and entertain, don’t hate. At some point the praisers will turn and the blood letting will begin. As soon as one od her songs don”t have a good hook
      shes done.

    • Fran

      Love Adele but don’t love her potty mouth.

    • Tish

      I Love the Foo Fighters!!! They are real musicians and amazing in their craft. I’ve been a fan of Dave’s since he was the drummer in Nirvana. That comment about the Foo Fighters really hit a sore spot for me. A spade is a spade and these dudes rock period. As for Chris Brown, really let it go. It was a tragedy what happened a few years ago but what does that have to do with his talent? Truthfully speaking, it takes two and we really don’t know what really happened its just that one side of the story was highly publicized. Domestic violence is wack however I has no bearing on a person’s talent and to bring that up as a reason not to give credit where credit is due is lame. Who are we to hold a grudge about a situation that we don’t have full knowledge about. Check yourselves.

    • Tish

      I forgot to add that Adele is the truth! I wish her nothing short of much deserved, continued success. I really appreciate how she stays true to herself and doesn’t fold to the crazy pressures that the entertaining business put performers through when it comes to whole image/weight issue. The young people need more Adele’s to look up to. Super talented, beautiful and comfortable in her own skin, she’s the real deal.

    • Rachel

      Aw this warms my heart :) I love that someone famous is able to say not being skinny never stopped me from being a success. And I agree that most pop stars do dress like whores, have some self respect please! Dressing like that may make you look sexy but it also looks like you don’t value yourself quite enough. And finally I would like to throw out the main point everyone is missing here, health! What size you are should be less important then how healthy you are.