Some 20-30 years ago, Victoria's Secret was mainly a mail-order lingerie brand that was famous for their catalogues, which were hunted by boys and young men. Which is normal, of course. Attractive women in lingerie were and will always be attractive.
But then, in 1995, they started a yearly event they decided to call Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Every year, this occurence rakes in huge audiences based on a simple concept: gorgeous women parading down a catwalk in a fairly ridiculous get-up often including glitter, wings and other imaginative props and creating, in recent years, an Internet craze.
"Angels" like Doutzen Kroes or Miranda Kerr bear no blame, of course. They're simply the objects of male and female adoration world-wide, and it's not them claiming that this is fashion we're talking about. They simply get paid millions of dollars for it, and to say that great underwear is the key to looking good (don't tell me you haven't noticed that in their interviews!).
For a second though, let's be real. Comparing just about any show from the upcoming fashion weeks from the four cities (New York, London, Milan, Paris you can't get here fast enough!), you might find no similarities. Victoria's Secret "Fashion" Show is a presentation of the idealized versions of their products, a vibrant, colorful spectacle, that creates the base on which the allure of this brand is built - they sell not only lingerie, but also lounge-wear, sleepwear, beauty products and regular clothing.
This show is where they partly sell their image - and force it upon the impressionable minds of teenagers and women alike.
Did you know 19 out of 20 young women would change their bodies?
Do you think it might have something to do with the ideals set by "Angels", women who are paid millions to look the way they do and have the help of trainers, beauty treatments and other professionals?
P.S. I don't believe Victoria's Secret is singularly responsible for Body Image issues held by so many people. Nor do I hate the brand in itself. I also hope this post won't attract unfollowings.