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Adele for woman of the year.

December 27, 2011

I am a HUGE music fan, and my taste runs a wide range of styles and genres. I love everything from rock to hip hop, rave to jam bands, bluegrass to jazz. You won’t find any new country or opera on my iPod, but that is about it.

This year I, along with about 13 million others worldwide, fell in love with a British songstress. Not only does she have an amazing voice, plus the sales and street cred to back it up, but she has always been unapologetically plus-sized. Who is this you ask? Adele that’s who.

This year, her second album, 21, debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 chart, spending 13 weeks on the top of the chart. It peaked at number one in a total of 24 countries, smashing domestic and international chart records, and appeared in the 2011 edition of the Guinness World Records.

As of November 2011, worldwide sales for 21 have surpassed 13 million copies. On 30 November 2011, the album garnered six Grammy nominations, including Song and Record of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Album of the Year for 21. She even had the top iTunes single and album sales of the year as well.

She certainly has musical chops. But she also doesn’t seem to give a rat’s ass about her weight for appearance’s sake.

Adele has been interviewed any number of times and continues to be outspoken about her love of her body. She doesn’t believe you have to be thin to be successful, unlike some stars I can think of (Jennifer Hudson I’m looking at you). Here are just a few of her choice quotes:

“My life is full of drama and I won’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like. I don’t like going to the gym.”

“I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine. Even if I had a really good figure, I don’t think I’d get my t**s and a** out for no one.”

“I love seeing Lady Gaga’s boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry’s boobs and bum. Love it. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears.”

“People are starting to go on about my weight but I’m not going to change my size because they don’t like the way I look.”

“It’s never been an issue for me — I don’t want to go on a diet, I don’t want to eat a Caesar salad with no dressing, why would I do that? I ain’t got time for this, just be happy and don’t be stupid. If I’ve got a boyfriend and he loves my body then I’m not worried.”

“I like having my hair and face done, but I’m not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy.”

“I like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion. I don’t find thin girls attractive; be happy and healthy. I’ve never had a problem with the way I look. I’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.”

So I hereby nominate Adele for Visible Fat Acceptance Spokesperson of the Year. You can’t get much more successful in the popular music world than she did this year. And you also can’t get much more outspoken about loving your body and yourself the way you are.

Adele, I love you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You give me someone to look up to who looks like me.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2011 1:51 pm

    I think she is great. If she can get a few girls to have that attitude rather than the horrible one that I have fought with all my life (hating myself for being above 100 pounds) then she has really done something wonderful! Also her music is great.

  2. December 27, 2011 1:56 pm

    I’ll second that nomination, and she’s got my vote!

  3. December 27, 2011 6:33 pm

    I think she’s an amazing singer and a beautiful woman.

  4. December 28, 2011 12:33 am

    She is my freakin’ hero.

  5. December 29, 2011 10:41 am

    I put Adele up there with Beth Ditto. Ditto should have been Woman of the Year for 2010, and Adele for 2011. Oh and Melissa McCarthy! I’m so thrilled that these women are providing some much-needed diversity in pop culture and that we’re finally seeing representation for larger body types. Hooray for famous fatties!


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