- Category: Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)
- Published: 10 December 2014
It goes without saying that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is probably one of the biggest events to kick off the holiday season. Both men and women love watching all of the supermodels strut their stuff in their 2 million dollar bra and lingerie, but at what cost?
In an interview with Fox News, some of Victoria’s Secret’s most prestigious models talked about the dieting techniques they use to stay for the fashion show. Their answers varied from juice cleanses to portion control and one model was even said that she doesn’t do anything special to prepare for the event.
Ultimately, there is no natural beauty for these women. They work so hard to fit into ridiculous outfits they will only wear once in their life.Even worse: they are willing to do this to themselves multiple times.
Why starve yourself and go on crazy diets just for one night of fashion? More questionable is the example that is set for the young women and girls that watch this show. These models, and the people of Victoria’s Secret, are saying that it is okay to do whatever it takes to fit into a size two even if it means essentially cutting down on all of the food groups that sustain your life.
Realistically, size two is not average. Multiply that by five and you’ve got my size, a ten. I’m not even ashamed of it. What I am ashamed of, however, is that the place where I buy my best yoga pants wants me to be something I’m not. Victoria’s Secret not only wants me to be a size two, but they also want me to fit into a C-cup, “naturally,” like Adriana Lima and the rest of those models that wear giant angel wings and Swarovski crystal encrusted bras.
Also, the clothing, and I use that term very loosely, is essentially unattainable to the viewers. I don’t have 2 million dollars to buy a bra that I won’t even be able to fit into, do you? I don’t think so.
Even though the company does unveil their PINK collection at the end of the show, the damage has been done. Once you have seen those spectacular bras, the clothes that someone would actually consider buying does not matter. This is equivalent to showing a kid an ice cream sundae with five different flavors of ice cream and then saying, “Oh, just kidding we can’t afford that, you’ll just have to settle for the single scoop of vanilla.”
Why must we be teased? It is shoved down our throats that we should aspire to look like the Victoria’s Secret Angels and somehow have enough money to acquire what they do. This is where I question Taylor Swift, the perfect example. She can totally afford those bras and she has a great figure, so why not throw her in the fashion show, too?
Why not put the woman who made her career out of destroying her ex-boyfriends’ reputations in a fashion show that exploits women? Victoria’s Secret simply throws every controversy possible into their biggest event of the season. But, at what cost? To make little girls feel like they need to look like that to get people to like them? To aspire to be an angel, something that they likely will never achieve?
Well, for me, it ended with Ariana Grande’s face. That look of horror she expressed when one of the angel wings hit her head put the entire show into perspective. Most people probably saw it as something hilarious, but I saw it as a metaphor. That face of terror and disgust is exactly how I feel and how others should about the show.With all of the rising promotion of feminism in the country lately, like Emma Watson speaking out, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show sets this movement back.
It is not okay to promote extreme dieting habits to fit into a bra that will never be worn again and to make the female audience feel insecure about their bodies.
Do us a favor, Victoria’s Secret, stick to making yoga pants and five for $26 panties because that’s what you do best.
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