In case you guys haven’t seen the latest Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s pictures, well don’t worry about missing anything because it’s the same as any other years.
I wasn’t sure that I would be writing about this but I’m so over this issue. I’m so over the idea of looking at the pictures for one of the most popular and really awesome broadcasted fashion show on TV and not seeing one model I can relate to wearing something I could potentially wear as well.
We’re in 2018 – a time where inclusivity is at its peak on social media. All over online, models of any sizes collaborate together, hang out and enjoy sharing their work together – which is modelling clothes for companies or for the public aka us.
Why can’t we see inclusivity like that on TV? No, excuse me – why doesn’t the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show still doesn’t include more diversity on their runway?
In an article written two days ago, Kyle Munzenrieder from Vanity Fair also pondered this question – why does the fashion show doesn’t use plus size or trans models?
Munzenrieder wrote that in an interview with Vogue, Ed Razek, the chief marketing officer of VS’s aka “the man behind the show” said why these other models wouldn’t be on the show as long as he’s responsible for it.
“We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t,” he [Ed Razek] also says bluntly.
So let me get this straight.. They tried a plus size runway show in 2000 and no one had any interest? Well guess what, this was 18 years ago. 18!!! The public is very different now. All around social media we see girls struggling with their weight, their appearances, their differences and so much more – I think that now is more than the time for Victoria’s Secret to welcome these girls into their fashion show and make all of us feel sexy.
Of course, there are many other fashion shows that are very inclusive – the most recent one, for example, is Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Fashion Show which introduced us to beautiful models of all sizes and shapes.
Obviously, the problem isn’t the models – they are beautiful and somewhat try to send a message of positivity – it’s the people behind the scenes stuck in an image of the world that doesn’t make sense anymore and that shouldn’t have made sense at all ever.
I grew up constantly feeling that I wasn’t enough because of how I look or how my body is shaped. People made fun of me for that and I saw some other people, girls and boys, being bullied for their bodies at school or online. And it’s still happening! Whether it’s skinny or heavier people, we are constantly body shamed!
ENOUGH! Let’s stop this negativity and celebrate the fact that we are alive and at least have a body and mind to think with. Instead of only using our eyes and being stuck to judging what we see, let’s use our minds to open ourselves to who we see.
Everyday I wake up trying to feel beautiful or at least good about myself – some days are easier than others. My method to work against my negative thoughts about my body is to nourish it with healthy food, water and maybe some exercise. I don’t do it to look a certain way – I do it because I want my mind to feel healthy so that it can understand that what I look like doesn’t really matter. What matters really for me anyways is that I feed my brain with what it needs to function and create meaningful connections with other people rather than creating superficial ones.