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The legendary and loathsome Karl Lagerfeld

22 February 2019 - 06:32 By Odwa Mjo
Fashion's Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday at the age of 85.
Fashion's Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday at the age of 85.
Image: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld, one of the biggest names in global fashion, built a legacy and a credible brand. However, his legacy is filled with controversy.

As celebrity tributes to the fashion icon, who died on Tuesday, poured in, some took a moment to reflect on the controversial side of Lagerfeld, who has been accused of verbal abuse, among other things.

The Huffington Post detailed instances in which Lagerfeld came under fire for his comments on Islam, body shaming and remarking  on people’s appearances.

“You cannot kill millions of Jews and then take in millions of their worst enemies afterwards, even if there are decades [between the two events],” Lagerfeld said in an interview on a French talk show in 2017. He was commenting on Germany accepting refugees from Muslim-majority countries.

According to the BBC, Lagerfeld was open about his dislike for women who were bigger than the traditional model size, once referring to supermodel Heidi Klum as “too heavy”. He also called Russian men “ugly” and said Greeks and Italians had “disgusting” habits.

Lagerfeld also commented on the physical appearance of Pippa Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s sister.

“Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back.”