After a recent “perfect body” comment by Victoria’s Secret sparked outrage, the Lingerie Fashion Week in New York has blown up to be more like an anti-Victoria’s Secret, than anything else. I’m not going to lie, the VS Angels are gorgeous, but they don’t really represent every woman do they? I’m sorry, but we all need good undies, not just those of the population who are of supermodel proportions! It’s obvious then, that underwear models should come in all shapes and sizes, breaking the proverbial mould.
As shown in the images from Lingerie Fashion week, the models were eclectic and phenomenally gorgeous, and not an underweight model in sight. This was refreshing, and I hope it’s the way the modelling industry is going to go, and not just by paying lip service to larger models.
The response to what is being dubbed as the “anti- Victoria’s Secret” has been overwhelming. Why shouldn’t women who are a size 16, or pregnant, or under 5ft7, or with small breasts etc., etc., model underwear? Do they not have the right to feel sexy, confident and sensual? Of course they do! I find it empowering to see women of all shapes and sizes feeling comfortable in their own skin and flaunting that they have. It is inspiring. I’m not saying it makes me want to post photos of myself in my bra and knickers, but it does make me feel more accepted, and more confident. Women like Candice Huffine and Elena Crnalic are amongst the most beautiful women on the planet, and Tara Lynn, Bree Warren and Laura Catterall are some of the most sought after models in the industry.
Candice Huffine has made history by becoming the first plus size model to appear in the famous Pirelli Calendar, and the shots are stunning. She oozes sex appeal and confidence, alongside being an image of health. The 29 year old is clearly comfortable in her own skin, proving that you don’t have to be a size 8 to be beautiful, successful and sexy. I don’t think anyone could call her anything other than gorgeous, and it’s obvious to see why.
As 2014 draws to a close, let’s hope that the fashion industry’s attitude towards who we should see modelling changes. Women need a broader representation; I’m not saying size 2s should be banned from the catwalk, it would just be nice to see them walking with women of all other sizes too.
Remember ladies, style has no size!
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