These are evergreen topics, so what makes Adele so adored?Part of it, at least, is due to the fact that she is unapologetically a plus-sized woman.The British singer-songwriter Adele is immensely talented, beautiful, and staggeringly successful. In its first week, her third album, 25, has sold over three million copies, breaking *NSYNC’s record in the 2000 release of No Strings Attached.This is a huge feat in an industry that has seen album sales fall more than 60 percent since 2000.While her size shouldn’t be an issue at all, because of the novelty of her talent and success, it is.In an interview with Rolling Stone, she said, “Sometimes I'm curious to know if I would have been as successful if I wasn't plus-size. 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 has consciously channeled the glamorous elegance of the 1940’s and 50’s in her carefully crafted wardrobe.Working in an industry with unforgiving standards for physical beauty and insane and degrading competition for who is the sexiest performer today, perhaps those performers feel they have no choice.
Watching her perform, she seems intensely focused on the music, sometimes turning the mic toward her audience and inviting them to continue singing a song, a sudden chorus of thousands.
Along with the release of 25 came the stunning music video of the single “Hello,” which was downloaded 1 million times an hour.
Social scientists have tried to study what it is about the 27-year-old’s songs that make people cry.
In revealing so much skin, they hide their true inner essence.
The public image that Adele has developed is in some ways quintessentially Jewish.
She appears to be visibly moved that her audience is visibly moved.