By Elizabeth Glover
Lately, the Victoria’s Secret Angels newest recruit Gigi Hadid has been blowing up Instagram with her boxing training photos and videos. The twig-like rookie Angel bounces and dodges around her trainer still looking perfect. Adriana Lima posts photos of herself post workout as well, somehow glistening with sweat while the rest of us normal humans would be dripping puddles onto the floor.
The models pre-show prep brings about that mid year slump that some feel when the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show airs on TV.
Airing this upcoming December, models will fill HD screens around the country as they strut on a glitter filled runway in bedazzled bras and panties, complete with wings and other lavish accessories. Guys and girls alike sit down to watch the show. But what for? To compare themselves to these supermodels? To ogle over the beautiful women who spend weeks working out, perhaps severely dieting to prepare for the show?
The average American woman stands 5’4″ tall and 140 pounds. There is nothing wrong with that. There is also nothing wrong with being a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Society and social media hype up events such as these, bombarding every other normal person with photos of slender models before and during the show. These photos sometimes make people feel insecure about themselves or their bodies. Meanwhile, the Angels themselves may look at you and think “Wow, I wish I had her hair,” or her short and tiny frame, or her big eyes.
Just because society promotes the viewing and showcasing of these women’s bodies, doesn’t mean that they are the cookie-cutter ideal woman. 99% of women don’t look like that. Women like J-Lo, curvaceous and Latin-American, have been named the Most Beautiful Woman by People Magazine.
Amy Poehler said it best when she said,
“Go around your body and kind of thank it for what it gives you and thank yourself for your great eyesight, or your thick hair, or nice legs, or strong teeth or whatever it is that you have, that you were given, and make friends with those parts of your body, and not try to focus on the parts that will never change. Because, look, we’re all different, everybody’s different, every body is different.”
(Quote courtesy of Feministing)
Everybody is different. Don’t try to transform yourself into something that you’re not, or envy someone who is built differently than you are. Chances are, they envy something about your body. What’s more, try to focus on the internal aspects of people; what’s inside of them will radiate to the outside. It’s all about owning the unique aspects of you and your own personality to become the best possible version of yourself.