Guilty Glamour: Watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
There are many things I do when I'm not around other people...belt Ariana Grande songs, talk to Guinness, and even drink wine straight from the bottle. All are things that I'm afraid of being judged for, but bring me a little ray of sunshine on dreary days. When it comes to watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, I feel that same fear and a slight twinge of guilt.
I know that many individuals believe that the VSFS gives society an unrealistic standard of beauty. I know that there will be young girls watching the VSFS who would do just about anything to look like Adriana Lima or Gigi Hadid. I know that the show is a rhinestone-studded marketing ploy by Victoria's Secret. Trust me-- as a woman, model, and former Victoria's Secret employee, I know all of this. Yet, I am still drawn to the elegantly elaborate wings, Swarovski crystal-drenched bras, and endless hype that surrounds the VSFS. It reminds me of the feeling I get when I take my first few steps on a runway. Confident and happy.
I recently read an article from Fashionista about why a girl is not apologizing for loving the VS Fashion Show. I wish I could be this unapologetic about my obsession with the VS Angels and tendency to be distracted by sparkly unmentionables, but I don't want to hurt those who feel differently about Victoria's Secret. There are women who feel excluded because of their size or body shape and I don't want to discredit that. It would be AMAZING to see a plus-size (or even inbetween-size) VS angel and for women of all body types to find lingerie in their size at Victoria's Secret.
Although I may never stop fawning over the over-the-top fantasy that Victoria's Secret has created, know that I do it solely because of my love for the art of fashion and not to make anyone feel any less of themselves. With that said, you will find me tonight wrapped in a silk robe and adding items from Victoria's Secret to my online shopping cart.