Beyoncé’s Furious Fan Furor

Screen shot 2013-06-14 at 4.43.23 PMSo Beyoncé fans are mad as hell at a fashion sketch that portrays the top selling singer as a rather emaciated gal with toothpick legs and an all but nonexistent waist.  The news spread like wildfire from traditional outlets such as CNN to blogs and social media.

Roberto Cavalli, the designer who created the multicolored, flowing gown that the apparently starving superstar singer wears in the illustration, explains  that her rabid throngs of fans are simply overreacting.

designer-roberto-cavalliThe Cavalli fashion house explained that the illustration is “a sketch and not a photo, and therefore it is only meant to be a stylized and artistic vision.”  This explanation was offered in a post on its Facebook page.  “Roberto Cavalli loves women and more than anything else has always exalted and highlighted the female shape with his creations, building his signature style on the glorification of sensuality and femininity.”

So Cavalli simply created a sketch of Beyoncé and had no idea that the followers of the superstar, who is known for her curvaceous figure, would react the way they did.  That could explain it.  That could be exactly what happened.

I seriously doubt that Cavalli and his PR team understood full well how Beyoncé’s fans would react and released the sketch precisely in order to stir up controversy and generate more media  coverage and online buzz for the designer and the fashion house than millions in ads could buy.  No, that can’t be.    It was simply a misunderstanding.  Right?

Copyright © Anthony Mora 2013

Murray, Rheana. “Beyonce fans outraged over Robert Cavalli’s skinny fashion sketch.” Photo. Daily News. 12 Jun 2013. 14 Jun 2013. <http://nydn.us/1a55TB8&#8243;

Valenti, Lauren. “Robert Cavalli thinks Kate Middleton could be sexier.” Photo. Stylite. 06 Jun 2013. 14 Jun 2013. <http://bit.ly/13I5nnE&gt;

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