Bottom line; I think calling thin women “unreal” is shitty. Lifting yourself up doesn’t have to come from putting others down. And if you are concerned about the messages the media sends to girls, perhaps you should consider the one that comes from your own mouth first. And it…
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Thank you for posting this!! I totally agree, though it may seem a little bias from my perspective, being 5’9” and having the same measurements as Chanel Iman. Thin women can have low self-esteem, too! I mean, everyone has days where they don’t feel beautiful. Go watch some interviews of the VS Angels, they will tell you that they have their days when they don’t feel pretty or confident. But don’t bother using the excuse to say that because you don’t look like a lingerie model that it’s “easy for them to say”. I know some bigger women out there who have a world of confidence — maybe even more than the VS Angels do on a good day. It’s all about how you view yourself. And remember, you are the only one who can change your mind.
“Victoria’s secret is not responsible for your body image.”
Actually, Victoria’s Secret and the media ARE responsible for your body image. Nearly all messages we receive through media present women with the idea that their worth lies in their physical appearance. In addition, media sends the message that a woman’s power and influence is dependent on overt sexuality.
While I agree it is unfair to insult the models and call them “unreal” because of their atypical figures, you need to realize that the importance of the issue isn’t in representing all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, etc - it is the fact that the only focus is on the woman’s body.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is not a fashion show. At its core, it is a 2-hour long advertisement for their brand. It is naive and ignorant to say that a woman can just choose to “ignore” the ads and messages from media because this depiction of women is the dominant image we see and is presented to us everywhere. Even in politics or sports, where women should be portrayed as strong, powerful, and influential, the focus is still shifted to the body and sexualization. I could go on, but I’ll stop myself.