Karl Lagerfeld defends fur industry saying 'beasts' would kill us if they could
He misses the mark, however, in his comments about the furor over too-thin runway models.
The Chanel supremo said it was "childish" to even discuss the issue of wearing fur in a world where eating meat was normal.
German-born Lagerfeld, 75, a contemporary of the late Yves Saint Laurent, said that he did not himself wear fur. But he defended the practice, saying there was "an industry who lives from that".
Hunters in the north "make a living having learnt nothing else than hunting", he said, "killing those beasts who would kill us if they could."
Animals should be killed "nicely" if at all possible, said Lagerfeld, who admitted to being queasy about eating meat.
"I can hardly eat meat because it has to look like something what it was not when it was alive," he said.
He concluded: "In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish."
Doctors have criticised the use of size zero models, saying it has contributed to a rise in eating disorders among girls who feel pressured to conform to this idea of beauty.
But he said: "In France there are, I think, less than one per cent of people who are too skinny.
"There are nearly 30 per cent of young people who are too fat. So let's take care of the zillions of the too fat before we talk about the percentage that's left."
The point, Lago, isn't that we're worried about the tiny percentage of the population who are models and who are ultra-thin. It's that these ultra-thin models are the ONLY body image that's considered to be legitimate, encouraging young girls everywhere to starve themselves to achieve the look. There's a reason that foot-binding is only very rarely practiced anymore...
I really really really wish people could just embrace the size they are RIGHT NOW, work to be healthy if they need to, but quit obsessing over their size and shape. You will be beautiful to people if you believe you are beautiful, because you will project beauty.
My classroom door decoration says, "Make Your World Beautiful." A big part of that is to learn to discern the beauty that's all around you, and the beauty that's IN YOU, too.