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Adele ROCKS! And I Don’t Mean Her Music.

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I can’t believe I’m about to say this.

Don’t stone me, OK?

I’m not the biggest fan of Adele’s music.


I know. I know. She won like 5 Grammy’s. I didn’t say she wasn’t good. Actually, I think she has an amazing voice, but I have to be in the right mood to listen to her music. What can I say? I’m a child of the 80s and 90s. I like cheesy 1-hit-wonders, alt rock, classic rock, punk and goofy songs I can dance to with my kids around the kitchen–Hello B-52s and The Isley Brothers!

That being said, I’m a HUGE Adele fan when it comes to body image and just being a plain old awesome woman! Recently she was interviewed by Anderson…

Let me repeat what she said there at the end…

The key is to–first of all–be happy with yourself and then you know, if you want to improve things you don’t like about yourself then do them after you–kind of–appreciate yourself.

Yes. Yes. YES!

She hit the nail square on the head.

I love Adele not for her music (although watching her perform does bring a tear to my eye.) I love her because she’s a confident woman who knows who she is and makes no apologies.

Now that’s inspirational.

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There are 21 comments so far.


    February 13, 2012

    AMEN!!!! I love her music and after I heard these comments, it made me love her even more! She ROCKS!!!!

    Jaki (Slim Down U)

    February 13, 2012

    She is comfortable in her skin and with who she is and that’s an awesome accomplishment. :)


    February 13, 2012

    Thanks for sharing :) She is the definition of BEAUTIFUL…inside and out!

    KCLAnderson (Karen)

    February 13, 2012

    I agree…big surprise LOL

    I do love her music, too, and I’m what, 15 years older than you?


    February 13, 2012

    I agree! Although, I do loooooooove her music! She is such an inspiration for accepting yourself and doing something with REAL talent. Love her!

    Yes, I think she’s got it figured out pretty well! Unfortunately, that is a lot easier said than done. I honestly don’t think I’ve heard her music.


    February 13, 2012

    She is amazing and I look up to her. Love her, she’s what we need in a society that just looks at what you look like rather than what you can do.


    February 13, 2012

    Thank you for posting this. I LOVE Adele, love her music and love her as a person and what she said here makes me love her even more … There are times I wish I was skinnier so I could feel more attractive, more sexy – but the truth is that being rail thin and letting it all hang out isn’t sexy at all – you have to respect yourself first before others are going to respect you. Confidence is the most beautiful thing a woman can have. I am so lucky to finally be learning this and learning to love my curves just the way they are and concentrating more on my health than my looks … Thanks again for posting this, I needed to hear it tonight =)

    I’m the same when it comes to her. She’s talented but she’s so popular right now that I won’t actually appreciate her stuff for another 5-10 years. (And um, the 80’s rock. Period. I can’t count how many times the Mr and I say “they don’t make music like this anymore”)

    But yes, I saw the interview with her and she is so right on. I’m glad she’s happy with her body and I’m glad there was so much backlash when Karl Lagerfeld said she was talented but “a little too fat.”


    February 14, 2012

    Love this Roni, and REALLY love Adele. So glad last night was “her night”. Adele is an amazing woman at such a young age…I can only imagine what is ahead for her. Have a great week.


    February 14, 2012

    Roni, I am so glad you said what you said because I thought i was the only person who did not like her music. I don’t like her voice and I just don’t like her songs either. But I do like her as a person. :)

    Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life

    February 14, 2012

    I love her!! Truer words have never been spoken….


    February 14, 2012

    Yay Adele!


    February 14, 2012

    Yes, they are all so confident and happy with themselves, and then they become huge stars, and succumb to the typical hollywood image by starving down to a size 2. I applaud the women who have the courage to be true to themselves in spite of the pressure. But her message of acceptance is definitely a good one!


    February 14, 2012

    I would much rather be appreciated for the kind of woman that I am than for my musical talents. And as I am a semi-professional horn player who has spent half of her life in a small room criticizing herself for missing this F# or that dynamic, that is saying a lot.


    February 14, 2012

    Roni, I think we’re sisters!!! Hahahaha! Your sentiments about adele were exactly what I was feeling but didn’t know how to put it in words. When I announced during the show that I wasn’t the biggest fan of her, everyone looked at me like I was crazy. This is from a woman with all 80s on her playlist. I’ll never get tired of it and is the reason why I don’t listen to the radio other than NPR. But I do admire her comfortableness (word?) with her body. She’s beautiful with an old school quality that becomes her. I loved the dress she wore and she does have an incredible voice and has accomplished alot in the last few months to be very proud of. That quote is timeless. I hope she doesn’t change just for her ‘fans’ as her success continues. Beautiful.


    February 14, 2012

    Well, I’m actually a little bothered by this video…for 2 reasons. First, watch how her eyes begin to dart all over the place when Anderson asks her if she thinks about her not ‘fitting the mold’, etc. and for most questions after that. Her eyes are mostly looking downwards and there’s a lot of glancing to her right which are usually, not always, signs of constructing a story. I’m not saying she’s lying but her facial expressions seem to get less relaxed when he starts questioning her. Secondly, if she doesn’t have a self-esteem issue then why is she referring to other great singers as dressing like ‘whores’? And she thought that was funny? Seems to me she is doing the very thing (criticizing others) that is completely opposed to and supposedly doesn’t let get to her.
    I love Adele and her music (and Rihanna, Beyonce, Alicia, etc) but I’m not convinced of much of what she’s saying.


    February 14, 2012

    I hear you on the whore thing. I thought that was harsh too but have you seen her speak in other situations? I feel like she’s always nervous and looking around like you described. She’s seems like she’s not comfortable being put on the spot even when performing.


    February 14, 2012

    What a great example and message for young girls and women everywhere! We need more role models like this in our world today. I loved it.


    February 14, 2012

    I appreciate what she has to say in this interview. I also agree with Roni that her mannerisms and expressions in this interview are fairly similar to that of others she has done.

    For me, her main point was “real women look like this, so go ahead and feel good about yourself”, not “let’s not criticize each other” (which is a very valid point, but not what she seemed to be getting at). Regardless of what you think of this interview, I would give her kudos for getting up there to sing her heart out, looking like a real person, and an extremely stylish one at that.

    Ahhh.. sorry — off the soap box now!


    February 15, 2012

    Hi Roni,I stumbled upon your blog looking for a spinach recipe. I am new to my journey and through skimming through your older blogs and reading others comments I feel even more motivated but also more afraid at the same time. I have to do it this time. I read your 1, 2, 3 steps and was so encouraged because I had already completed those reflections. I am just so fearful of reverting to old habits, losing my current motivation. I’ll keep reading your blogs in hopes that it helps. Thanks for sharing your journey.