Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr is the kind of woman who turns heads the second she walks into a room. But the 30-year-old's beauty is more than skin deep, according to her yoga instructor of the past 10 years, Charlotte Dodson. "Miranda is a truly beautiful and happy soul," she says.
There have been 295 Victoria's Secret models over the years (including Geena Davis!?), and they hail from 53 countries. And to display exactly which ones, we've created a visual representation almost as stunning and desirable as the models themselves. Or something. Whatever. It's nice.
We try on tons of shoes to get a sense of the qualities we prefer. Most of us have favorite brands. Why not treat lingerie the same way?
Oh, Victoria... you really do know my secret. You know what I like to wear when I curl up with a good book... and my habit of packing too much in my suitcases, forcing me to smash them closed by sitting on them.
Last week I received an invitation. The envelope was bright pink with pictures of palm trees and stuck out of my snow-covered mailbox like a glossy Easter Egg. Victoria's Secret's bikini catalogue! I couldn't wait to open it.
Although any kind of profiling or stereotyping might be a dirty word to some, the fact is that one person's "profiling" is just another person's "target marketing."
It's not a true lingerie fashion show, highlighting one designer's creations. The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show has more in common with a classic beauty pageant. But what struck me this year is that the show appears stuck in some bygone era.
Rough day at the office This year I was lucky enough (after a little begging and groveling) to attend the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the...
The fact of the matter is, I really don't need you that much. Now before you go getting all weepy, let me clarify that I'm keeping you around -- you're pretty much all that I have -- but the last few years of our relationship have been based more out of social convention than physical necessity.
Brands are like people. So, what if? What if the brands we use and wear everyday were shoes? What would they look like? Feel like?
I have loved you since the day I met you. I met you about 10 years ago, and for a while, I only had eyes for you. But you changed. And it's time for us to part ways.
Sickness, even sickness conquered, cannot be sexy, or so the marketing logic likely goes. A woman living as a cancer survivor is not just a body transformed, hers is a life transformed. Victoria's Secret could have been a part of this process.
This month, I've been going back to my roots and listening to a lot of songs that a girly girl like me would listen to, as well as new singles which have been topping the music charts.
"Stacy's Mom" is the family-friendly national anthem of our broadly female-objectifying mainstream everything. Products like this both reflect and create culture.
It's not that thongs meant for young women emblazoned with phrases like "Call Me" and "Feeling Lucky?" are entirely shocking coming from Victoria's Secret, but more that they insisted on comparing our young daughters to objects and things in order to sell them this lingerie.
The first step toward seeing the objectification, other-ization and suppression of women is recognizing the problem still exists. With persistence and some time, this tide which has begun to turn will be irreversibly altered for the better.