The History Behind the ‘Victoria’ in Victoria’s Secret

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Androgynous model challenges Victoria’s Secret’s beauty standards by posing in the brand’s lingerie and then editing the faces of Angels like Candice Swanepoel and Elsa Hosk onto her body.

Androgynous model Rain Dove is making a powerful statement about the pervasive beauty standards evident in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show through a compelling new photo shoot.

Victoria’s Secret models Adriana Lima, Taylor Hill and Behati Prinsloo chowed down on chicken wings with Stephen Colbert Monday night on the eve of the sexy brand’s annual fashion show airing at 10 p.m.An androgynous model is challenging the narrow beauty standards promoted by Victoria’s Secret by staging her own lingerie shoot wearing the brand’s designs – before superimposing the real Angels’ faces onto her own. Wearing her hair close-cropped, and with strong features that are often considered ‘masculine’, she says people like her simply don’t fit the feminine archetype. “During my career path I’ve experienced first-hand what people deem as beautiful.

Prinsloo, wife of singer Adam Levine, trained with her hubby in a series of ab-toning plank poses while former gymnast-turned-model Hill told Vogue she did CrossFit and weight training. But because her facial features are considered more ‘masculine’, the Brooklyn resident knows she’d never be invited to walk with the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima. ‘You don’t see Victoria’s Secret women running around with even short hair.

She is one of the only models to walk both men’s and women’s New York Fashion Week. “Designers and advertisers like the idea of my breasts, waist line, long legs and long neck,” she continued. But have literally made gagging noises at my facial features.” She believes this shows sexy is subjective in an effort to encourage major companies like Victoria’s Secret to redefine what they deem to be the most beautiful women in the world.

In one shot, she wears a lacy pink one-piece and stands seductively with her arms behind her head; in another, she lounges on a red velvet couch in a lace-trimmed white teddy, one armed draped across her stomach and the other holding up her head as she gazes into the camera. She has suffered homelessness and hunger herself and often speaks up and volunteers for organisations dedicated to each, as well as LGBT and environmental rights. She also believes in the power to change society’s ideas about beauty, which is why she’s putting herself forward. ‘The face of beauty literally needs to change,’ she added. ‘Which means the way we think of beauty needs to as well.

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