That much was clear at the Grammys last night, where the British singer made a triumphant return to the world stage after undergoing throat surgery and received a standing ovation (and a quasi-fist pump from Sir Paul.) She took home six awards, including album of the year.
Riding the wave of good feeling, Vogue has released the 23-year-old’s March cover and its accompanying profile.
The piece, written by Jonathan Van Meter, is a fantastic, if not completely original, look at the singer. It paints the picture of Adele we now know and love: she swears (a lot), is extremely open about her relationships and is super funny. The most surprising revelation? She’s never writing a breakup record again: “I’m done with being a bitter witch.”
As New York Magazine’s the Cut blog points out, the piece doesn’t make mention of Adele’s figure at all. Instead, the focus is on her voice. The pictorial is another matter.
When the cover and two accompanying photos from the pictorial were posted to Buzzfeed, the comments section filled up with accusations that the photos had been altered. The Daily Mail’s comments section was filled with similar criticisms.
Without a doubt, Adele looks beautiful on the cover and in the pictorial. Lady has a gorgeous set of peepers and some incredible skin. And the shots are meant to be glamourous in an over-the-top, fabulous way, which they are.
But there are certainly photos, mainly this one, that appear as if they have been altered. Even if they haven’t — lighting and makeup could be the culprits — it’s questionable why Adele has been dressed in a corset belt.
Vogue came under similar fire when Adele was featured in a 2009 issue of the magazine, flat on a bed with her face partially covered by her hand.
Magazines alter pictures of celebrities. That’s a fact of life. But for Adele, this seems more significant when one considers the backlash Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld felt when he called her “a little too fat.” (He later apologized). Adele took the rude comment in great stride, telling People, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. . . . I represent the majority of women, and I’m very proud of that.”
It’s great that the profile didn’t mention Adele’s shape. There’s really no need to. But perhaps any magazine that plans to celebrate Adele should listen when she says she doesn’t need to look like a model. She just needs to be herself. We love who she is already.