For those of you who don’t follow model gossip (I don’t intentionally, but it is all over the blogs I read), here’s a bit of background information on my story. Candice Swanepoel, one of the Victoria’s Secret models, was criticized a few weeks ago for looking very thin. Well, that’s no surprise, because she IS thin. But the uproar was that she was looking thinner. Anyway, here’s an article about the story, if you are interested in reading more about models who are thin…
The angle I am interested in is this new “fatter” model Victoria’s Secret has hired, in order to dispel rumours that the models they use are too thin. According to the media, Victoria Secret is trying to show that they don’t only use super thin models, and the new girl, Kate Upton, is meant to portray a healthy, attainable body type.
Apparently I don’t know the definition of the word attainable, because if I had a body HALF as good as Kate Upton, I would be wearing crop tops and no pants and all that stuff girls with ultra hot bodies can do. Kate Upton does NOT represent an attainable body type, she was a Sports Illustrated swimwear model! She is gorgeous, and has an amazing body. Sure, she looks healthy, likes she eats once in a while and probably works out, but just because you eat, workout, and have a killer body does not mean your figure is attainable.
We should just accept Victoria’s Secret for what it is. This is not a feel-good brand that is meant to make women think that they too can achieve the look of the models. Victoria Secret is about taking some of the best looking women in the world (the ones who don’t look starving), sticking them in skimpy underwear, and making them look fabulous. Sure, we can aspire to look like Doutzen or Miranda or, now, Kate Upton, but let’s not pretend that it is going to be very easy to do. And might I remind you that these girls are not just about a beautiful face and a slim body that fits clothes, they need to have tits, ass, and everything in the exact right place when modeling lingerie. If they stuck Freya in one of their campaigns, we’d all go running, as her protruding bones would not make a push up bra look very sexy. Finding a girl that has a beautiful face, gorgeous skin, a petite waist, round hips, a full bust, and a nice ass is about as easy as finding a good looking man who is single, knows how to put up a shelf, pays for dinner, and dresses well in Vancouver: close to impossible. So let’s just accept that the Victoria’s Secret models are super human super models, and leave it at that.