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Victoria’s Secret collaborating with a plus-size model is crucial for the self esteem of women

Victoria’s Secret collaborating with a plus-size model is crucial for the self esteem of women

Victoria’s Secret collaborating with a plus-size model is crucial for the self esteem of women
October 30
11:08 2019

Victoria’s Secret recently announced that it is collaborating with U.K. lingerie line, Bluebella, for a new campaign. While that event doesn’t sound inherently special on its own, Victoria’s Secret announced it will be featuring a size 14 model named Ali Tate-Cutler and it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Primarily known for being dominant in the lingerie industry, Victoria’s Secret has garnered a reputation for being a brand who uses models exclusive to a certain image. An image that caters to typical fashion models whose sizes vary from 0-4. While Ali-Jay Cutler isn’t the first plus-size model that has worked with Victoria’s Secret, she is the first size 14 model. This number isn’t coincidental as the average size for an American woman is 14 so it’s obvious who the brand is trying to appeal to.

Though I’m aware of the flak Victoria’s Secret has gotten from critics, I wondered to myself what is it they typically look for in their models, or as they refer to them, “Angels.” The most important way to break into Victoria’s Secret is to already be signed to a major agency. This step is crucial because otherwise the company will have zero interest in letting you join the ranks. As for other requirements, Angels must be between 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and be between ages 18-30. Angels need to have a slim build but be curvaceous at the same time with suggested measurements of 34-24-34.

Though it’s important to maintain one’s physical health, promoting a false image of beauty can negatively impact the minds of younger women who are constantly bombarded with images of unrealistic beauty standards both on the internet and offline. The self-esteem of teenage girls suffers the most in this area because there is a pressure placed on them by society to dress and look a certain way or else they won’t be considered desirable.

According to an article by healthresearchfunding.org, 80% of women report that images of other women on various forms of media makes them feel insecure about themselves. 42% of girls in first to third grade want to be thinner. An unfortunate statistic is that more than half of teenage girls are on a diet or think they should be on a diet, which can lead to bulimia or other forms of eating disorders for 3% of teen girls.

I’ll be the first to say women are worth more than their looks, but they also deserve the right to feel happy when they look in the mirror. In this world, image really is everything and you market yourself to others whether you are conscious about it or not. With Victoria’s Secret working with Ali Tate-Cutler, they’ll be providing an accurate representation of what women look like and not how the fashion industry believes they should look like.

Millennials and members of Gen Z often get labeled as being shallow by members of previous generations but what kind of service has the media done for the younger generations? These two generations came up in a time when technology and media started to rise which led to an increase of symbolic annihilation. The media trains women from an early age to believe that there is something wrong with the girl behind the mirror and if she could only get to the level of the girl on the television screen or magazine pullout.

There’s still a long way to go, but hopefully the collaboration with Ali Tate-Cutler shows that there shouldn’t be a stigma attached with being a size 14 or above and that there is beauty in all women. If we believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder maybe we should check our vision.

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