Thursday, May 26, 2022




On May 5th, 2020, Adele celebrated her 32nd birthday and posted a picture on Instagram. This image has now reached over nine million likes and 200,000 comments on Instagram. 

The media praised her weight loss while Adele celebrated her birthday, but some people are using Adele to promote “fat-phobia.”

There is nothing wrong with losing weight, exercising, or improving eating habits, but there is something wrong when you mortify fatness. Many media platforms like The Sun are calling her “Slender Adele,” like that’s her name. 

The media never called her “Fat Adele” before, so why do people feel like they need to now label her as “Slender Adele?” In 2012 CNN published an article with the title “Fat is the new ugly on the playground.” People never label her as “fat Adele” because of the “I don’t care about your weight girl” mantra. This thought process is hypocritical because everyone is now commenting on her weight loss when that part of her was just “ignored” before. 

Time24 News stated that Adele gained more than one million followers on Instagram in just a few hours after posting her birthday picture. Under Adele’s photo, some Instagram users left comments like “Gonna miss the old adele” “Are you adele (three exclamation question marks and a face with tears of joy emoji)” “Damn Adele is looking fine as hell” and “Look how skinny she got.” People listen to Adele because of the quality of her music, not because she was plus-size.

We live in a society where there are stigmas about fat people: Plus-size people are unhealthy, lazy, disgusting, and ugly. The truth is one’s size is not equivalent to healthy. 

Furthermore, people who find Adele to be beautiful now but ugly when she was plus-size, argue that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. However, the beholder makes judgments based on perception when we agree that other people’s opinions don’t matter.  

Beauty means being yourself, which means accepting yourself and your impressions.  Validation should come from within; thus, you do not need people to tell you that you are beautiful. 

In 2017, after Adele canceled two shows, she wrote an open letter where she stated: “I went to see my throat doctor this evening because my voice didn’t open up at all today and it turns out I have damaged my vocal cords.” An article from GoodtoKnow said, “She has adopted a brand new eating routine in order to boost her health and ensure her voice stays in optimum.” So people should be complementing Adele on achieving her goals. 

People should not give Adele any comments like “You are so pretty now”; when they say “She is pretty” now, that translates to “She was ugly” then. The truth is Adele has always been beautiful.