Victoria’s Secret “Angel” Adriana Lima is all over the news this week, in celebration of malnutrition and conforming to society’s absurd body ideals.
The model is preparing for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show with an insane regimen: she “drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely” (source).
The worst part of the extensive media coverage surrounding her is the exultation of starving oneself to achieve a ‘perfect’ body, one worth showing off in expensive lingerie. A woman who isn’t dehydrated and malnourished is not worthy of praise and admiration?!
Victoria’s Secret already has had their say in what body sizes are acceptable– the ones their stores cater to, from extra small to large (or, on occasion, (a very small) extra large). The diet Angels are forced to adhere to just drives the point home, ten-fold. Not only are very thin women the only beautiful women, but they must be constantly starving, parched + exercising.
I used to excitedly watch the fashion show every year, drooling over the dainty lingerie and angel wings, but the glitz isn’t enough for me this year. I’m boycotting Victoria’s Secret until they wise up and feature models of all sizes (or, at the very least, naturally slender women who don’t have to stave themselves to be considered pretty). Please join me.