If you’re anything like me, you look forward to watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show each year (hint- it’s on tonight!) It’s a fun-filled hour of hot models, fun fashion and sometimes good music. The ratings are high each year, so it’s obvious that lots of people watch it. But it seems that each and every year, my news feed and reader are filled with tweets, statuses and blog posts of people bitching about the show. So I’m here today to voice MY opinion on the show, the models and the industry itself.
When it comes to the type of people who watch this show, there are four main groups.
- Males who watch the show to see hot models in lingerie. Obviously.
- Women who hate-watch it and sneer and snicker at the women’s perfect bodies, complaining that “Real men like women who aren’t a size 0”. Sidenote: I’m a size 0 and you saying something like that is just as bad as calling someone overweight.
- The women who watch it and take the opportunity to trash on their own bodies and compare themselves to the models. Their Twitter statuses read something like “Why can’t I look like Adriana Lima? FML”.
- The women who watch for the fashion and have girl crushes on the angels. They don’t body snark on the models or on their own bodies because they understand that they are models.
My problem lies with the shaming of the models and the shaming of regular women’s bodies in comparison. Let’s look at each issue below.
These models look that great because they work for it
Although many of them were born with beautiful faces and the perfect hip-to-waist ratio, let’s not pretend that they don’t work hard for it. They are in the gym for hours a day with their trainers, they eat healthily and they work hard to maintain their image as a VS Angel. This includes appearances, talk shows, photoshoots, etc. I imagine this isn’t an easy life or job, so let’s give them the credit they deserve.
They’re good at what they do
You are probably great at many things- maybe you’re a kick-ass writer, the best wife in the world or have an awesome singing voice. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. These models have plenty of things they probably aren’t good at that you are, so don’t compare yourself to them. No one is perfect, including Candice Swanepoel (although she’s pretty close!) This is their strength, so take time to focus on yours.
There’s no reason to hate these women because they are pretty and have good bodies
Your own insecurity doesn’t give you the right to bash them for being thin or to call them “slutty” for wearing what is essentially swimwear. I don’t enjoy it when people write that the show and the company are hurtful for overweight women. These articles usually trash the “size 0” women around the world and automatically assume that they are all anorexic or unhealthy. Shaming thin people- whether they are a model or just an average college student- isn’t nice, and it’s not the right way to deal with whatever inner body issue you have.
Stop the self-deprecating comments
I am a self-deprecating person from time-to-time (it’s part of my humor and charm, of course!), but at a certain point it gets annoying. NO ONE is asking you to compete with these models. Why not take their healthy bodies as inspiration to start working out? Why not look at their confidence as the push to start being comfortable wearing your own bathing suit at the beach? Instead of getting down on yourself because you don’t look like them, be realistic about the entire concept. I guarantee you no guy is going to want to date you when he sees your endless Facebook statuses about how you’re not a Victoria’s Secret model. Trust me, he already knows this and doesn’t expect you to be one of them. Confidence is attractive, just ask Alessandra Ambrosio.
What are your thoughts on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show or the Angels/models themselves?