I love the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I don’t know why, but I do… and those wings! There is one thing that bothers me about it though – it’s the hate the models get. The insults you read online are crazy! Obviously, the posters insecurity and jealousy is at the root of most of it. (That goes for you too men.) Some of it may just be personal preference to body type. Hey, I love a plus size model too. I get it, but jeez… some of these insults are a little over the top. What can I say, I’m a Victoria’s Secret Angel advocate. And yes, since it’s trendy to add the word “shame” to every other word this year, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon with this Victoria’s Secret and Skinny Shaming blog.
It’s not okay to insult someone because you think they are underweight. If I thought someone was overweight and didn’t like the way they looked, would it be acceptable for me to insult them? No. It goes both ways. Many times when people use the word “skinny,” it is said in an insulting tone. I actually don’t really like the word for that reason. Next time you hear someone say it, think of the way it’s being used. I was really skinny in junior high and high school. It’s just the way I was and the “you’re so skinny, you need to eat more” or “I can wrap my fingers around your wrist, etc.” comments bothered me. Like, calling everyone around to make a spectacle of the fact someone could wrap their fingers around my wrist was not cool. I wasn’t a side show at a circus. I wanted to gain weight so badly, but couldn’t. Almost every other day I was getting comments like that from people, for years, and because people weren’t saying I was fat, they thought it was okay.
I also see lots of “unhealthy” comments. I bet you these girls are healthier than most of the haters. I’m sure they could out run and out lift most women. I’m willing to bet they aren’t skinny because they starve themselves. They eat healthy and work out regularly. When I watch the show, I see a lot of muscle and toned abs. Proof. (Hello, it’s their job!) Let’s also remember, these women are about six feet tall. If you were taller, you’d be slimmer too.
Then, there are the comments about them not being real women with real bodies. Uh yea, they are. They are in fact real, live people and those are their bodies… in the real life they live everyday. Just because they are not the average sized woman, does not mean they are not real. Enough of the “real women have curves” business. Ashley Graham is a plus size model and her face is gorgeous. It’s so gorgeous, it’s just not the face of an average woman. That’s not a real face. I want to see models with average faces. See where I’m going with this? A model is a model for a reason. They are supposed to be better looking than the rest of us. (Sure, I find some models to be unattractive, but I’m not going to go online and tell you all about it.)
At the end of the day, these angels are banking on their good looks – even if you give them a 3 out of 10. I’m sure they aren’t concerned with what strangers on the internet say about them… but a “skinny” girl in junior high who gets comments like the ones some of these people write online may care. If women (and some men) want to preach about positive body images, shouldn’t that mean all bodies?
P.S. No way Gigi Hadid and Candice Swanepoel are humans. Remember when I mentioned “real women” above? These two aren’t. They are just too pretty!