The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show may have already taken place, but a group of women have highlighted that there are much more diverse forms of beauty than the lingerie brand tends to favor on its catwalk.
Buzzfeed decided to produce their own version of the world famous lingerie fashion show with a twist – the featured models were women of all shapes and sizes, to celebrate the beauty of the everyday woman. Women of different ethnicities, gender identities, clothing sizes and more were among the diverse cast, who slayed the runway in underwear designed by Curvy Couture Intimates complete with angel wings. A behind-the-scenes video of the show and its preparations showed the women taking part talking frankly about their own experiences with body image and body positivity, with several inspirational moments. “It’s not about promoting one type of body,” one of the models said, “but making sure that we’re promoting all different types of bodies”.
Model Tess Holliday made her first appearance in an underwear runway show, saying that no one had given her the opportunity to do so before. The ladies glammed up with a little help from professional make-up artists and a hairstylist. “I love watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, but yes, I wish they included more body types,” one woman said, reflecting after having worked the runway in the re-creation show. “I think today goes to show that no matter what you’re wearing, no matter how your hair is, or how tall you are, if you think you’re beautiful – who cares what everyone else thinks. It’s about how you feel.”