On Tuesday night, Victoria's Secret broadcast a fashion show featuring models in Victoria's Secret under wear. Stations around the country censored the broadcast because it was offensive. They are right, but their reasoning is wrong. I fully agree that it is offensive, but not because models are walking the cat walk in bras and panties.
The Victoria's Secret show is offensive because of the models. It is offensive that we allow women all over to believe that those models represent an ideal feminine body. Hell, it's offensive that we allow them to represent a female's body at all! Young girls, already struggling with their body image, now feel fat and ugly. Wives, mothers, and single women doubt their attractiveness. Even men wonder why they can't find a woman like that.
Women like we see on that stage don't exist. Those models might as well be Stepford Wives robots. Just read about the diets the women undertake prior to the show. They are anorexic. If you have ever looked into the real world of modeling, many of those women are chain smokers or drug users. Both help them keep that unrealistic, skeleton like physique. Their real hair is supplemented with weaves and extensions. Their make up is caked on to remove all blemishes. Their bodies are tanned and also made up to cover anything that may make them appear human.
I haven't bought Victoria's Secret products in years, and I am not about to start. Shame on them, and so many others for continuing to spread this propaganda of unhealthy body image. Yes, this post is written by someone that is 5 feet 5 inches and weighing in at 130 pounds. But, I promise you, I can grab a handful of belly. That belly has stretch marks. My butt jiggles when I walk, and so do my thighs. My boobs are small, my face has wrinkles, and while I naturally have a lot of hair, it will never look like what Victoria's Secret portrayed last night.