Victoria’s Secret Hires a “Normal” Girl as a Model

Candice Swanepoel, Kate Upton, Victoria's Secret, super models, lingerie, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, size zero

Candice Swanepoel last year (left) and this year (right.) She looks a lot thinner.

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…

Candice Swanepoel, Kate Upton, Victoria's Secret, super models, lingerie, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, size zero

Kate Upton and her "attainable" figure. Hmmm...

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.

Candice Swanepoel, Kate Upton, Victoria's Secret, super models, lingerie, Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, size zero

Kate Upton looking hot in her totally not attainable body.

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.

Kate Upton images from her website. Candice Swanepoel images from NY Daily News.

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  • http://sololisa.com lisa

    Well said. This talk of an “attainable” body is a load of BS. Aside from having genes on her side, it’s part of Kate Upton’s job to look that good! All the time spent doing workouts, watching what she eats, fake tanning, primping and prepping–it’s not like we mere mortals can carve that time out of our schedules to attain the “attainable.”

  • Anonymous

    Yes! If I had four hours a day to work out and an unlimited budget to spend on “healthy” foods (or the time to prepare them) then I’m sure I’d look half as good as her.

  • http://melinabee.blogspot.com melina bee

    “So let’s just accept that the Victoria’s Secret models are super human super models, and leave it at that.”
    My sentiment exactly. there’s always been some kind of idealized female form in the arts (which I consider photography) that really isn’t representative of any kind of “norm,” but fantasy Even the super shapely portraits of Reubens are highly idealized and the entire package of an completely beautiful woman without flaws is and was impossible without artistic manipulation, whether it is in marble, oil paint or photoshop.
    it’s ridiculous to expect any woman whose job is not being a supermodel to look like one. people with healthy relationships to themselves and their partners don’t expect physical perfection from themselves or each other.

  • Sarah

    I agree with just about everything you said here. So well written and actually quite funny to read. I chuckled a few times!

    Sarah

    http://www.iwishforcourage.com

  • big papa

    Kate Upton’s body is totally attainable. You just have to work hard for it. Nothing is given to you in life on a silver platter. Watch what you eat, lift weights and do HIIT at the gym and you will have a “model” body in no time!

    also there are numerous health benefits to being healthy!

  • Jenjen

    WTF. If Kate upton is supposed to be ‘normal’ what the hell is every other non model woman going to do lol. Luckily I have a body like her :-)

  • Marlenka123

    they are not normal but very skinny
    they do noit look like a normal woman!!!

  • Marlenka123

    most of them  naturaly look and are skinny- i hope teenage girls will understand it that every one is different and they will not starve themself. I used to look like them and never was satisfieted with the look i was- now i beliefe i look great after fininsing fitness course and having a wonderfull husband who tells me i am beautifull all the time.