Adele says her success could be due to a ‘relatable’ body image

Adele (Hello promo artwork XL records)
Adele (Hello promo artwork XL records)

The first lady of blue eyed soul is back with a sophomore project and fans couldn’t be happier to welcome her back after a five-year hiatus. Adele’s video for the first single off her upcoming LP Hello was quickly devoured by fans and music critics alike, boasting over one million views in less than 24 hours after it premiered. Soon after the video premiere, the wheels on Adele’s promotional train for the new album slowly began churning and we caught glimpses of her out and about, starting the courtship process with media that she’ll do at least up until the release of the album. After undergoing surgery on her throat, she sounds good, and she looks good, too. Although she still looks very much like the Adele audiences love, she may have shed a few pounds, but for the most part, she’s still the Adele we met six years ago, daring to be curvaceous in an industry full of dangerously thin, surgically-enhanced perfection.

“I’m not, like, skipping to the f—— gym. I don’t enjoy it,” Adele admitted while chatting with People. Fans who have championed her resolve to be authentic in an industry that often champions the opposite had to breathe a collective sigh of relief. There is no fear of Adele showing up 50 pounds skinnier, rocking waist length extensions feathered around a midriff revealing get-up. “Would I show my body off if I was thinner? Probably not, because my body is mine,” she says matter-of-factly. Adele insists her journeys to the gym have little to do with fitting into sexier clothes and more to do with being healthy for herself.

“Sometimes I’m curious to know if I would have been as successful if I wasn’t plus-sized. I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it’s relatable because I’m not perfect, and I think a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable and untouchable,” Adele said candidly.

Throughout music history, we have loved some females for their perfection and celebrated others for their authenticity and our ability to see ourselves through their image. Besides her hauntingly beautiful signature voice, Adele’s fans appreciate her candor and realness. I doubt her talent would’ve gone unnoticed regardless of her size. Still, there is no fear of Adele switching up her playbook. She says she is resigned to being a woman other women can relate to and enjoying her life without sacrificing too much. “I quit sugar and cigarettes, but I’d never deprive myself of carbs,” she said.

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