‘If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t be­come a model’

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Karl Lager­feld, the cre­ative di­rec­tor of lux­ury fash­ion brands Chanel and Fendi, dis­par­aged the #MeToo move­ment, ask­ing mod­els not to get in the pro­fes­sion if they “don’t want” their “pants pulled about”.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, the de­signer, who over the years has ruf­fled feath­ers with con­tro­ver­sial opin­ions on ev­ery­thing, from Adele’s weight, to Kim Kar­dashian 2016 rob­bery, said that he is fed up with the move­ment.

“What shocks me most in all of this, are the star­lets who’ve taken 20 years to re­mem­ber [it[. Not to men­tion the fact there are no pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses,” he said.

He went on to crit­i­cise new reg­u­la­tions that have been adopted by photo stu­dios and model­ing agen­cies with the in­ter­est of pro­tect­ing young mod­els. “I read some­where that now you must ask a model if she is com­fort­able with pos­ing. From now on, as a de­signer, you can’t do any­thing,” he said be­fore go­ing on to de­fend stylist Karl Tem­pler, who was ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct by a mod­els who claimed he “ag­gres­sively (pulled) down their un­der­wear with­out ask­ing them” in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Fe­bru­ary.

“It’s un­be­liev­able. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t be­come a model! Join a nun­nery, there will al­ways be a place for you in the con­vent,” Lager­feld said.

He, how­ever, added that he “can­not stand Mr Har­vey Weinstein”, but noted that his dis­taste for the lat­ter was of a pro­fes­sional na­ture.

PHOTO: VA­LERIE HACHE/AFP

Fash­ion de­signer Karl Lager­feld is fed up of the #MeToo move­ment

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