What’s Sex Got to do With….The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Every year, young girls and women from all over the country wait in anticipation all Fall for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to come around. This year it took place on Tuesday December 2nd and will air on television on December 9th. The infamous fashion show is filled with ridiculous outfits, crazy runway walks, concert performances, and stick thin models. Each model has a perfect body that is extremely skinny yet curvy, pretty hair, flawless skin—realistic right? This fashion show, while it may be fun to watch, also puts the wrong idea into the minds of young girls and women throughout the country.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Lexington Armory, New York, America - 07 Nov 2012

While the fashion show is extremely entertaining—not to mention that it is filled with beautiful women, it is extremely demoralizing to women. Not only is it demoralizing, but it also most definitely objectifies women and sexualizes them. It shows women all over the world, and especially young girls, that body image and appearance is all that is important for females. It does not matter if you are an intellectual—what matters is what you look like. The fashion show reinforces the widely speculated idea that men only care about the way a girl looks, but not about her personality, intelligence, or interests. Young girls already are constantly reminded of this everyday through billboards, magazines, television shows (etc…) and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show comes around to prove that this point is true. We live in a world that currently sexualizes women ALL the time. There is a stigma in current day society that all a girl is good for are her looks. Women are constantly being sexually objectified in advertisements for clothing, perfume, or even for food. This sexualization of women in the media is a huge reason why young girls commonly develop body image issues, eating disorders, and distorted views of themselves. As a societal community we need to change this ideal and show women everywhere that looks are not all that matter—or the only thing that will get you places in life.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “What’s Sex Got to do With….The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

  1. I agree with what you said in your post. Women are definitely objectified and considered sex objects nowadays. I think it’s sad how our society has evolved. I think the Victoria Secret Fashion Show is a perfect example of compulsive heterosexuality. Compulsive heterosexuality is the idea that one’s sexuality is not chosen, yet forced through society. I think the fashion show makes people believe that all women should look like this, when in fact they don’t. They try to dress the models in a certain way that appeals to men and promotes heterosexuality.

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  2. I completely agree with you! This fashion show depicts an unrealistic reality and results in self-image issues with the young girls who are watching it and aspiring to look like the models. However, Victoria’s Secret is a franchise that capitalizes off of victoria’s “secrets” so none of this comes as a surprise to me.

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