Lingerie: Agent Provocateur
A few days ago, the Victoria’s Secret Show 2015 was filmed in New York and will air on December 8. There was a lot of trouble going on and I felt the need to post a picture on → Instagram, which is supposed to send you a special message. Somehow, I guess that’s not enough, more like a drop in the ocean (and I got to read a few very sad comments from people who either didn’t get the message or just were rude, mindless idiots), but as we should never stop talking about size diversity and body positivity and especially do something against body shaming, I take these pictures from my latest shooting with → Mici (who has this great project → Charosé with her friend → Summer, two great bloggers, by the way!) and want to spread the words I have to say and hopefully change a few minds.
Here’s what I wrote under → my picture on Instagram:
“With all that #victoriassecretshow trouble going on, it’s time to remind yourselves that these models’ bodies aren’t the only body type that’s good – every body can be beautiful, sexy, admirable and something to look up to. You’re not worth less only because you don’t look like all those “Angels” on stage. You’re not less sexy because you have a big belly or thick thighs, you’re not disgusting because you don’t have a six pack or no thigh gap. Please always remember: you’re not supposed to look like an underwear model, they shouldn’t be your number one goal and you’re allowed to be yourself, fully dressed, in underwear or naked. You’re good the way you are. Oh and because I like to promote size diversity and not body shaming: the models look great, that’s not the point! It’s about loving yourself and accepting not only your body but also other people’s bodies.”
I guess I’ve almost said it all. What I’d like to add is that I find it pretty sad that with all that power that Victoria’s Secret have, they use it in such a negative way. We all heard about the special diet and sports program the models go through the days before the show, and let’s be honest: this can’t be healthy. Instead of promoting healthy girls (even though I’m sure they’re all healthy, but it’s about the result they evoke in the girls who watch the show – and this is definitely not healthy!), they rejected Gigi Hadid twice (well, we don’t know why, but we do know that she was called “too heavy” for modeling by others before), a girl that’s absolutely beautiful and used (?) to embrace her curves. Now she’s been attending the studio two or even three times a day to get in shape for the show. Okay, there’s nothing wrong about getting in shape, we all like to do that, but I think it’s hard to read that other models just don’t eat solid food for 9 freakin’ days before the show – only protein shakes. Their bellies shouldn’t look bloated, nice excuse.
I wish Victoria’s Secret would have chosen an average-sized or even plus-sized model for their 20th anniversary show – at least one. I’m pretty sure, we’d find many gorgeous models for that job like Ashley Graham – my favorite model ever who looks absolutely stunning in underwear (especially her own line). That’s also where today’s blog title comes from: Lane Bryant initiated the hashtag #ImNoAngel around the launch of → “Cacique”, their intimates line, and I really like how they booked a few gorgeous – and different! – models for their campaign.
Well, so far, what’s left for me to say is that we need to see more different body types around the world. Online or offline, in the media, on the streets, we need to see that there is not only one “perfect” (remember: → “perfection” doesn’t exist and is only defined by yourself for yourself!) body. There’s more. There are uncountable different shapes, uncountable types of “beautiful” and we finally need to open our eyes and minds for that.