Lady Gaga‘s stylist Nicola Formichetti has had it up to here with allegations that he doesn’t like working with fat people. Formichetti, who’s also the creative director of Mugler, has spent most of the last 24 hours filling his social media channels with photographic evidence that he has worked with people who aren’t thin, contrary to what’s reported about him in his recent profile in W Magazine.
To hear Formichetti tell it, W‘s David Colman fudged the bit about the last time Formichetti “tried to work with fat people,” which we and much of the fashion-loving Internet posted about yesterday. Below, the quote that set us off:
“I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids,” he recalled. “And I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G’s brother. It was so ghetto.”
After the backlash, Formichetti started posting like mad to prove that he’s fat-friendly. (Still no word on his true feelings about ghetto people.) He posted images and links to his work with the pleasantly plump and fashionably fat on his Twitter, Tumblr and official Facebook page, where he wrote that he’d be working with more
fat “non-skinny” people in the future:
ok. im going to stop.. but one last thing. lol . just so you all know i just worked with beth ditto and also another iconic non-skinny person for the next issue of VMAN with steven klein so dont read everything you read on line – love you all. …(๏)ᴥ(๏)…..
Even if we ignored the poor grammar here (which, trust us, was difficult for us to do), Formichetti’s reassurances still fall flat. Posting pictures of the scant few times you worked with people who weren’t model-skinny on Facebook does not a formal statement make. It’s sort of like when a politician gets accused of being racist, then pulls out the one photo he has of himself posing with a black or Hispanic person as proof to the contrary. Why not utilize the considerable resources at your disposal as the face of a multinational fashion company to put the news in the faces of people who aren’t already hanging on your every word, Nic? And if you really love working with people who aren’t model size, why haven’t we seen anyone who couldn’t fit a sample size in your runway shows for Mugler?
W, of course, says he still said what they quoted him saying. A spokesperson for the magazine told us over the phone that she listened to the audio and re-read the transcript of Colman’s interview with Formichetti. “W firmly stands behind its reporting of its interview with Nicola Formichetti,” she said.
You can believe who you want to believe, but we’re not convinced that Formichetti doesn’t have some big-boned skeletons in his closet of prejudice.
Dressing Miss Gaga [W Magazine]