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