Don’t idolize Adele’s weight loss



Adele hosted SNL on Oct. 24.


Ever since Adele debuted her incredible weight loss, people have been buzzing about how fantastic she looks. While her losing weight is great for many reasons (her long-term health, potential confidence boost, etc.), the drastic change in appearance has come as a shock to many of her overweight fans, including myself. To her fans, Adele was an icon that slightly bigger people could look up to without having to listen to her be objectified; her looks did not matter, because her insane talent was the focus of her career, as any musician’s talent should be. Yet now that she has lost weight, people only seem to care about how great she looks and “how much prettier she is now.”

The thing is, Adele was always beautiful. Her face did not change, her wardrobe is the same — but now that she has lost weight, people are only now regarding her as pretty. Tabloids from every magazine suddenly care about her appearance and love life, something which never really happened before. It seems that the public did not regard her as beautiful until she revealed her weight loss.

This sudden shift in public interest is incredibly harmful for people like me who are on the bigger side, as it sends the message that someone can only be seen as beautiful or wanted if they are thin. No one seems to be paying attention to the fact that Adele is the proud recipient of 15 Grammy Awards, and 18 Billboard Music Awards, along with many other prestigious and sought-after prizes. She did all of this as an overweight individual — her talent was not hindered by her weight. So then why was her staggering talent alone not enough? Why do people only seem to respect her now that she’s skinny?

Now that she has lost weight, however, the tabloid’s coverage on her has shifted to who she is dating, how great she looks, how popular she is “now that she’s pretty” and anything else relating to her newfound thinness. No one seems to recognize the incredible contributions she has made to music anymore, because they are too focused on her weight loss. People seem to be missing the fact that she was always dating, always falling in love, always wearing amazing outfits – but the media only cares now that she adheres to the traditional standards of beauty.

All in all, if Adele feels better about herself after losing weight, that is fantastic. No one is shaming her, or anyone else for that matter, for losing weight. Weight loss can boost self-confidence, decrease long-term health risks and even increase life expectancy to an extent. What is being shamed, however, is the public’s gross response to it. The increased respect and attention Adele is receiving for her weight loss is incredibly harmful to the overweight community. She is beautiful now and was beautiful then — weight loss did not change that, nor did it change her talent or musical ability. Losing weight is not (nor has it ever been) the key to beauty or success, and Adele is no exception.