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  • Karl Lagerfeld has strong opinions on pretty much everything. Over the years the former heavyweight has commented on everything from Diet Coke to pop stars and even plastic surgery. Although the head of Chanel and Fendi has a fear of ugliness, he doesn’t find cosmetic procedures to be the solution. In fact, like tattoos, plastic surgery should be avoided, according to the glove-wearing guru.

    Although 80-year old Karl Lagerfeld spends time with some of the youngest, hottest and most tatted up people in the world, he doesn’t really approve of tattoos or changing your looks through plastic surgery.

    According to Karl, plastic surgery isn’t the secret to looking or feeling young. He says, “Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young. You can fool anyone, apart from the young. The worst are the lip operations. There are people who have it done and I don’t recognize them afterwards. They look like they flew through the windscreen during a car accident and were patched up badly afterwards.”


    Rather than going under the knife to feel young, he relies on hanging out with young people, like his current muse 21-year old model Cara Delevinge, to maintain his youth and knowledge of the world. That and healthy living.


    “It’s a question of energy. You need enthusiasm for what you do. And an environment where people aren’t talking about illness or ageing,” he mused.


    “I don’t know anyone from my generation. I find those people terrible. Even younger people are starting to talk about circulation problems. I have extreme self discipline, which I can barely call self discipline anymore because I can’t see any other way to be.”


    “I live healthily and I don’t drink alcohol, take drugs or smoke.”


    While Karl may be sleek now, for much of his life he was overweight which is why the disparaging remarks he occasionally makes about people that aren’t runway ready so surprising.


    Although many designers and their muses have been under the knife for one nip/tuck or another, whether it’s a lip augmentation or a nose job, Karl largely stays away from the subject of plastic surgery. However, over the years he has occasionally broken his silence to state his disapproval.


    In 2006, after a Fendi collection showcasing silicone pieces on clothing went down the runway, he explained to a reporter that he felt silicone was “It’s better to have it on your body than in your face.”


    And in an interview with WWD discussing Los Angeles and the prevalence of plastic surgery in the city, he said, “I don’t think those operations are very pleasant. Perhaps I should try one, but I don’t think I will. I am too scared. The idea that you cannot move your face must be horrible.”


    Feelings about plastic surgery aside, Karl clearly appreciates having a signature look, although super arched eyebrows may not be it. For years, he has sported a gray ponytail to brighten up his uniform of a black slim-fitting suit, complete with sunglasses.