Miranda Kerr Says Victoria’s Secret Promotes ‘Healthy Body Image’…Seriously?

Kristen Schinsky wrote a perfect essay on Curvy Girl Guide about why this campaign is insulting, and why Victoria’s Secret should make us all sad. So instead of trying to copy her, I’ll quote her:

First of all, every Angel’s body is identical. Their hair styles are exactly the same.

It’s the most bizarre thing – the only way to distinguish between these girls is by skin color.

During the [Victoria's Secret Fashion Show] breaks, they played pre-recorded footage of the Angels preparing for the Fashion Show, or talking about each other, or performing various other tasks that made them seem like real people, despite the fact that not a single one of them could have stood, legs parallel, and forced her thighs to touch each other.

Laughing, one of them mocked the fact that she used to want to be a doctor or a professional soccer player. She then made fun of her friend for wanting to be a marine biologist when she was younger.

My jaw dropped in disbelief. This young woman was actually making fun of herself, and her fellow Angel, because they used to have dreams of curing the sick, researching and working with some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet, and becoming role models for aspiring female athletes everywhere.

They gave up those dreams in favor of liquid diets that put them on the brink of starvation, so they could strip down to their underwear and strut down a glittered runway in sky-high heels, very realistically an item for sale, in front of thousands upon thousands of men who lust after them, and thousands upon thousands of women who either idolize or abhor them.

One of the girls then said it. Words that will remain with me forever. The moment that broke my heart and literally brought me to tears.

It’s like a childhood dream, and little girls are gonna be looking at us going, ‘One day I hope I’m an Angel!’ And they will be! Some of them will be! Someone who’s watching this right now will be an Angel.

It was like a slap in the face. Here are two women, who were at one time so bright and ambitious that they wanted to tackle some of the most difficult career paths out there, who now want nothing more than to be revered for being as thin as humanly possible.

I went from simply disliking them for trying to convey to women everywhere that “beauty” means being a size two or smaller, to being absolutely furious at them for aiming that exact message at little girls.

I’ve been wanting an excuse to quote that, and I suppose I have Kerr to thank for that. But I do wish that she and other Victoria’s Secret models would wake up to the fact that they’re making money by promoting beauty ideals that do not celebrate the diversity of women’s bodies or promote healthy body image. It’s not good, not good for us.

Photos: Daily Mail and Curvy Girl Guide

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    • Kj

      I am so over constantly seeing the “angels” in the news. I am so over the fact that “angel” refers to a woman that is “physically perfect” and not some sort of spiritually good and kind being.

      I am over the fact that calling them angels implies that they are divine and therefore better than us mortal women.

      I am over models that seem to have no freaking idea what it’s like for an average woman to open their magazine and just feel like a steaming pile of worthless ugly because there is no chance, just no chance that she could look that perfect.

      Get off my internets, “angels”

    • julie

      I can see this one coming and going. Most people don’t look like this but Victoria’s Secret is a lingerie catalog. I guess the terms “healthy” and “curvy” has different meanings to different people.

    • Vanessa

      “brink of starvation”????

      are you kidding me?

      what is wrong with you the both of you? plenty people attain ‘angel’ bodies in a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym and eating healthy.

      “be revered for being as thin as humanly possible”????

      VS models have muscle tone, they are not THIN and UNHEALTHY as you put it. We have all seen models in the past that were skin and bone, without any muscle – that is certainly disgusting and shouldn’t be promoted, but VS models certainly are not ‘skin and bone’.

      I think you guys seem to have a problem with these models because you have a problem with yourselves. Grow up the both of you.

      If you don’t like looking FIT then don’t give other people a hard time for wanting to and doing so in a healthy fashion, your hateful words make me sick.

      • Anonymous

        Being ‘fit’ as you so called it does not mean the body image these models portray. Being fit would be “in the right size and shape”.
        For example, Miranda Kerr, she is 1.75m weighing only 56kg making her BMI an astounding 18.3: below average weight and considered underweight.
        Regardless on your hateful comments towards others’ opinions, you should consider the negative impacts these images have on teenage girls. I am too a model and I don’t agree with a lot of the images out in this world used for marketing schemes to sell products.
        The ‘angel bodies’ may be obtained by hard work by SOME however it has been known that the modelling industry is full of people with bulimia, anorexia, and various other eating disorders, and drug addictions. These women are what is considered the ‘appropriate’ role model by vulnerable teenage girls. These women do not look like they have worked at the gym or even have any muscle on them to prove otherwise. It is so easy to tense muscles for a few seconds whilst the camera flashes.
        These women are told to keep the ideal figure wanted by all but some women are not able to achieve this because of their bone structure. For example, all the women in the ‘angels’ committee have thigh gaps; the new craze desired by the majority of teenage girls. I think in order for the modelling world to gain more support, they need to change their views on the ideal body and what is considered the most wanted. Until then, more and more women will feel depressed because they see men lust for the models and feel they aren’t good enough. Models used to have curves but now they appear to look more like sticks and frankly, I am ashamed that this can pass as sexy and healthy for ALL women. They should have different figure types within the angels instead of the ectomorphs with a rectangular or banana figure.

    • Aisha

      I hate how victoria’s secret acts like they promote women and their shapes, when in reality they use underweight airbrushed models to promote their merchandise. That’s not empowering whatsoever. What really bothers me is how much women look up to these models as if they are some sort of “goddess”. So airbrush, fake tans, photo editing, and unhealthy eating patterns make a woman the pinnacle of beauty? The truth is that these women create a negative image towards average women and girls, telling them that in order to be beautiful, you need to be unhealthy and practically fake. What a shame. I used to like PINK clothing. I thought it was cute and girly. Now I really dislike what this company promotes. They are not empowering towards women at all. It’s simple Victoria’s Secret, don’t act like you are empowering women when you are really doing the opposite. I will not buy another product from Victoria’s Secret for the contradictory words it stands for.

      • SnapIntoASlimJim

        Very true. Let me go a step further and add that the fashion industry is source for the twisted view that the media and many of those in the public have on women’s bodies.

    • Aj

      If people stopped loading their bodies with fast food and junk like cookies, chips and pizza- they’d realize that the ‘curvy’ body seen as normal is actually a reflection of an unhealthy lifestyle. Not all people of course, but honestly, maybe people should try to be healthy and see how far they get before they criticize an unhealthy body type when it’s not like their’s is all that healthy either