Sure there are lots of beautiful women with gorgeous bodies, but I stopped watching the show to be sad years ago! I try and appreciate it for the beauty that it is. I know I will NEVER be one of those women - and that's okay! I can still appreciate the sexy lingerie and intricate costumes. Though I'm not so appreciative of T-Swift...but that's just my personal taste.This year they really seemed to play around with the outfits. We had a lot of extremes. Though Behati Prinsloo (above) is still barely covered - it's more in a playful way versus a sexy way. There were a lot of comments that this year's show reflected a "sexy Halloween party"...and I don't think they're far off with that remark.
But I can appreciate that! This show is meant to be fun - it's meant to be entertainment. Adding actual costumes into the mix rather than straight-up lingerie just adds to it. Do I think it's the best display of their consumer line? No. But it never really is! The million-dollar bra that happens everywhere - just for entertainment and show. Why do we insist that there is more to this show? It's like when you watch an action heavy movie with a weak story line - you can still appreciate it for it's entertainment value even if there is no substance to it.
And that's how I think we should appreciate things like this. We are visual creatures - this is a visually appealing event. There is no reason it needs to be seen as degrading to women or an endless parade of unachievable beauty. It's pageantry - it's a performance.
When you go to a play, you expect to see costumes and makeup and the actors transformed to fit their roles - and this is pretty much the same! What I love is that even though it's planned out and deliberately recorded, they show you behind-the-scenes footage. They make no qualms about the fact that these women didn't just roll out of bed and show up looking like this. It's an incredible process that requires tons of talented people.I saw a few comments come up on my Facebook feed from a friend that read:
"The VS fashion show should come with one of those 'do not try this at home' disclaimers like Jackass did. "Ladies, you cannot look like this. It is impossible...so go ahead and eat those cookies, girlfriend."and
"Why would I want to watch the Victorias Secret fashion show? A bunch of horrible human beings walking around like they're gods gift to humanity?" -you guys...my husband. I love him.
And at first they made me laugh - because they're witty. But then I remembered that this is very similar to many peoples attitudes towards the show. There's jealousy, anxiety, and this desire to put the Angels down because they represent what we see as untouchable. Granted - 99% of the population does not and will not look like them. But that doesn't mean we should decide what value they hold as women and essentially deem them as being degrading to others/degrading themselves. The fact that they are skinny and quaffed should not exclude them from the fact that all women are real women. And for that fact - you should be able to enjoy this show the same way you would a Transformers movie; it's a lot of flash & over-the-top visual effects and it's just fun to watch.
Even though they had tons of beautiful women sexing it up on the catwalk this year - I think they really leaned into the "show" factor and tried to make it a bit more playful and fun rather than straight up "sex". Maybe they took it a bit overboard and ended up more towards Sexy Halloween....but that's debatable. What do you think?
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