Deadly secret for teenage girls
The Victoria Secret line up is currently being announced for the 2018 runway show. If you haven't heard of the Victoria Secret fashion show I'm not sure which planet you are on. Its not much of a secret with 800 million people watching it per year and £9.5 million spent on setting it up. If you haven't its basically loads of perfectly formed bikini clad models walking and waving alongside chart topping singers. The models have become famous in their own right including Naomi Campbell and Helena Christensen in 1996, and Adriana Lima, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid in 2017, each women is very slim and very gorgeous with their main following being young teenage girls. While it all seems a bit of fun these women work very hard to fit into the extreme measurements needed to be a VS model and none of its natural and none of its nice.
From a simple google open to the public of young teenage girls you can type in 'Victoria Secret Diet' and find a selection of tips from the models. Model Adriana Lima has some advice for anyone wanting her 'perfect body' its very simple and very easy to follow. Indulge in “no solids” for 9 days before the show, and then, for 12 hours before the show, “No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” Lima, 30, told the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph. Wow what a tip, thank you Adriana for letting us into your world. Kirstie Clements was a writer for Vogue and has written a book about the fashion industry. She claims some models eat tissue paper to feel full, starve themselves for days on end, spend frequent stints on hospital drips, and are often so weak with hunger they struggle to keep their eyes open. Clements said she once spent three days on a shoot with a model who didn't eat a single meal - and that on the final day she could barely stand. So what are we doing about it? well actually nothing at all. Year on year these women continue to starve themselves and try to cover it up from the media. Gigi Hadid revealed she has been struggling with a thyroid condition for many years and that was the reason she lost so much weight just weeks before her first ever Victoria Secret show in 2016. We fully believe she has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition however with 43.1 million followers on Instagram and weeks before the show we just feel that all seems very suspicious. Her sister Bella Hadid first made an apprentice alongside her older sister last year but speaking with People, Bella admitted that she had lost a bit more weight than she intended from her rigorous workout. 'I really didn’t mean to [lose weight]. Like I want boobs. I want my a** back,' the 20-year-old model shared. She then continued to talk about her anxiety working out around other people which to me sounds scarily obsessive. 'If I am working (out) with other people, I freak out.' 'I’ve been eating hard protein every day, and working out for three hours every day. It’s crazy but I think that if you set your mind to something, I think you can succeed,' she said.
Now these are just opinions so what about the facts? Well the bombshell Candice Swanepoel, thought to be the body of perfection, is far too under weight. She is 5 foot 9, and is a little less than 120 pounds (with models you can find all of their weights and measurements with a simple click). This makes her Body Mass Index (BMI) about 17.7, far too underweight. Underweight BMI's are 19 or less. Alessandra Ambrosio is 5 foot 9.5, and weighs 112 pounds, making her BMI 16.3, extremely underweight and unhealthy. To put this in perspective the average BMI for women in the UK is 26,9.
Erin Heatherton, a former Victoria’s Secret model, has revealed that she was pressurised to lose weight by the fashion house. Despite exercising twice a day and eating next to nothing she was unable to reach the weight she had to be to get work. Model Zuzanna Buchwald, who signed with Wilhelmina Models, has said the same thing. “My agents told me to stop exercising and stop eating,” she wrote in an essay for The Daily Dot. “The pressure quickly developed into an eating disorder (anorexia) that I battled for almost four years. In 2015 Cara Delevingne took a few years off modelling to workout what type of model and person she wanted to be. Slamming it in multiple interviews she said her demanding schedule led to a psoriasis breakout, a skin affliction which can be caused by stress. Describing her struggle with the condition, she said crews were painting her body with foundation “every single show” in order to hide it. “People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” she said in the interview. Delevingne also spoke of the sexually suggestive poses she was asked to do when she was just a teen. As a newbie in the industry then, Delevingne said she felt she couldn’t say no to nudity or sexual poses. “I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick,” she said. “It’s horrible and it’s disgusting. [We’re talking about] young girls. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to not great stuff.”
Jennifer and Gavin Newsom wrote an article in Huff explaining how shocked, like thousands of other parents, they were to see Victoria’s Secret’s “Bright Young Things“ advertisement for their PINK line of underwear. They stated "It’s not that thongs meant for young women emblazoned with phrases like “Call Me” and “Feeling Lucky?” are entirely shocking coming from Victoria’s Secret, but more that they insisted on comparing our young daughters to objects and things in order to sell them this lingerie." They continued to talk about this matter stating "Victoria’s Secret already makes millions off of sexualizing adult women but now they’re coming directly for our teens who are most vulnerable to the media’s messaging. As parents of a daughter and a son, we fear the impact this kind of messaging has on young generations not to mention future ones. Not only is Victoria’s Secret encouraging girls to sexualize themselves at younger and younger ages, but they’re teaching men and boys to value girls’ sexuality at younger and younger ages." They are very correct as even though the women who walk the show are indeed women the main audience for the show is teenage girls, not to mention teenage boys who will eye up the long tanned legs seeing women as sex objects.
It gets huge media coverage spreading Instagram feeds with pictures from the show like a deadly virus. Girls who didn't even watch the show can't get away from it because there older sisters best mate liked a photo of Devon Windsor's wash board abs. “Time to starve because VS Fashion Show is the 10th!”“Nothing can make me feel so inferior as a woman than looking at pictures of VS Angels.” “Like I don’t even feel upset that I don’t look like a VS Model, I feel suicidal.” “RIP self esteem.” These are just a few tweets created during the show by teenage girls feeling they don't match up to the beauty standards. The “angels” in the show are beautiful yet very thin supermodels who, by society’s standards, have achieved perfection of their bodies. They have long limbs, gorgeous faces, and stunning smiles none that can be achieved by the averarge human being. At 16, Christie Swadling was fascinated by the models who worked for Victoria's Secret. But her obsession almost took a deadly turn. After she began idolizing former VS angel Miranda Kerr at the age of 12, Swadling started extreme dieting, which eventually led to anorexia.“I was so dangerously underweight and I was practically on my deathbed,” she told Barcroft TV. "I spent my 17th birthday in the hospital because I was so weak and disorientated. The doctors said they didn’t know how I was still standing or even alive. I just think it’s wrong," Swadling said. "They all have a figure that isn’t sustainable or achievable but it makes every girl try their hardest to lose weight.”
In 2015 France banned excessively thin models, partly as a response to the death of Isabelle Caro, a 28-year-old model who died of anorexia. In 2012, Israel passed a law banning underweight models, and Italy and Spain have taken similar measures due to deaths of models in their own countries. In 2005 Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston was warned she was too fat weighing just 8st. Two years later, and two stone lighter, she died from complications arising from anorexia. In a year in which both 'skinny chic' (wearing oversized clothes on tiny body frames) and the American size 00 (an emaciated UK size two, or a waist the same as a typical seven-year-old's) was the height of fashion in celebrity-land, Reston's demise seems all the more poignant. She was also the second model to die from an eating disorder during 2006. In August, at a fashion show in Uruguay, 22-year-old Luisel Ramos suffered a heart attack thought to be the result of anorexia.
However while this is all very very scary at least they have enrolled different cultures onto the line up and it gives girls of colour and all nationalities a chance to be equal. This year they have added Winnie Harlow famous for being a successful model with vitiligo to the line up as well. Its a small step in the right direction and gives us hope that the show will add different body shapes to the line up in the future. However please if you know any young girls interested in the show make sure it comes with a big warning. This is not real life and its very easy to get wrapped up in Victoria's worst kept secret.
Below are some of the models announced for this years show. As you can see they are all very slim and will get smaller towards the show. This is what teenage boys and girls see parade around in sparkly pants, please be aware this is not normal. We understand some people are naturally slimmer than others however please don't aspire to look like this instead be very happy with your own amazing body.