28 Feb

I was checking my email when I noticed this image in an ad banner.  I almost gagged.

Image from Victoria's Secret Ad

I am sure that some of you think there is nothing wrong with this image.  Some of you will see nothing but a beautiful woman in lingerie (creeps), and come of you will see what I see; something scary.

Please, hear me.  I’m sure the model is a fine person, and this is not an attack on her.  She is a product of the fashion industry, reduced to skin and bones.  While she is very pretty, her form is sickly skeletal.  This type of image is everything that is wrong with our culture and the persisting images that ultra-skinny= sexy.  This is one major reason eating disorders are so dangerously rising in teens and tweens.  When you can LITERALLY see ribs and other bones jutting awkwardly from a person’s frame, they are too skinny.  There is nothing wrong with being fit, thin, and in-shape. I think we all need to find the healthy weight and shape that best fits us individually.  There is something wrong with this degree of skinny being hailed as “Very sexy, now sexier.”

Yes, the ad is supposed to be about the lingerie, which is really cute.  However, you can’t ignore the model wearing the items.  Despite the fashion industry’s best efforts to create models who are mere “hangers” for fashion, we do still see the models behind the clothes.  The image projected tells millions of females that unless you strive to look like this model, you aren’t sexy enough.

This image just makes me sick and very sad for the state of our society, and all those who will see images like this and think, “I’m not good enough.”

Hear me:  Yes, you are.


4 Responses to “Sexier?”

  1. lolabees February 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    I agree– the photo is a bit disturbing. It makes you wonder how skinny she is, but also what they airbrushed to make her look even skinnier! Eek!

    • Heather Tiger February 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      Definitely. I am sure the air brushing was extreme. Perhaps they should have airbrushed a bit more flesh to soften the pointy edges!

  2. ellencrawf0rd February 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    It’s kind of sad to admit but I wasn’t shocked at how skinny she is… I guess I’m somewhat desensitized when it comes to models.

  3. Brigitte givens March 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I so agree!!! I love watching Project Runway but all the models are thin. (probably a negative 2). I would desperately like to see a “normal size” model, oh let’s say a 10 or 12. Ads are so influential that we forget the majority of us will never be a negative or single digit size. Sad very sad.

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