Sunday, 7 December 2014

My Problem with The Victoria's Secret Show


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Every year , without fail, twitter blows up in a burst of glory, to celebrate the Victorias Secret Angels Show. For those of you who don't know, the show displays the brand's most lavish lingerie ensembles, on the industry's top models. With the most famous music acts ( eg. Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber ) performing alongside these starlet models, the show causes a storm every year. 
However, despite the popularity of this show, I have a huge problem with what the show represents. I feel it is a significant catalyst for young women with low self esteem issues. I was scrolling through my twitter news feed on the day of the show, and these were the tweets I came across : 

  • it's that time of year again when it's the Victoria's Secret fashion show aka when my self esteem is at an all time low
  • victoria's secret fashion show aka every teenaged girls' self esteem plummeting through the floor
  • I'm gonna be that girl that watches the victoria secret fashion show crying wishing I looked like them while eating junk food.
  • Victoria Secret fashion show making me regret all of today's food choices
Seeing these tweets really upset me, that the young women of our generation have to regret their lifestyle choice just because they look up to these Victoria Secret Angels. Notice that each model is a size zero, not a curve in sight, what example does this set to women? It tells girls that this is the perfect size, that this is beauty. Particularly teenage girls, will watch the show and see pictures, and believe that size zero is the size they should aim for. This is a large problem with the fashion world, and although The VS Show claims to be a celebration of beauty, it is rather a vehicle in which to boost low self esteem for young women all around the world. Aside from the promotion of the size zero culture, the show displays women as sexual objects, each model prances on stage, grinning ear to ear, in lingerie, encrusted with diamonds, surely this is objectification? 
Through their choice of models and clothing, Victorias Secret have successfully put across the message that this particular look, is what defines a woman as sexy, powerful and beautiful. 
We must take into account that the models reportedly go on an extreme diet, 72 hours before the show, practically starving themselves, in order to walk down that catwalk. They are also heavily caked in makeup, from head to toe, they have been worked on, is this real, fresh beauty? 
Social media has shown, that teenage girls have expressed their regret of eating certain foods due to the VS Show, this is crazy. But this is the world we live in. What happened to the days when curves, and real beauty was celebrated? 
For as long as the Victorias Secret Show goes on, young women all over the world will feel their self esteem go down, and they will continue to aspire to look like these models.
Its time we realise that we ARE good enough, whatever size we are. 
Let me know your thoughts on the show guys, I'd love to hear your opinions. 

1 comment:

  1. It would be nice to see a greater representation of women on the victoria's secret fashion walk however, I can't see that happening anytime soon given the support and fanbase it has, it's sad that girls are made to feel so inadequate when this is not the norm for many women.

    Sammy xo.


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