Tuesday, December 10, 2013

my secrets about the VS Fashion Show

Tonight around 10 PM, your Twitter feed is going to blow up. It's going to be full of girls talking about the ever-anticipated Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. You'll read stuff ranging from "If only I hadn't eaten that cookie!" to "Heck, I'm gonna eat that cookie and not care." to "Not even watching the VS Fashion Show, get off my timeline." to some boy going "HECK YEAH (*some random model) is my WCW" and then you'll have the hoped-to-be-discreet, slightly-political tweet that will start some sort of Twitter fight.


And this is my little rant, expressed with a little bit of truth.

We as girls will bounce around between being confident with our bodies and not being confident. We will kill ourselves with insane diets and cleanses and bursts of working out, and then sometimes we'll eat everything in our house and not care. We'll complain over and over about our bodies that are "SO FAT" to our friends, strangers, Mean Girls, and social media, and we'll do it especially during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Now, before you go all crazy on me, realize that I'm not necessarily here to talk about body image. Because we've read too many articles on that and are surrounded by all of these insane messages about how we're supposed to feel about our bodies.

Here are my thoughts:

These women have these bodies because this is their job. They are models. They are paid to look like this and work very, very hard towards this, just as you and I work hard towards our grades or towards our jobs, because we get great benefits from hard work. Do not feel like you have to look like this to have a great bod, because obviously this takes a level of commitment that, honestly, I'm not up to.



Don't look down upon these women simply because this not your career choice. I get it-- not everyone thinks being a model is the coolest thing ever. But these women are taking something they love (fashion-- regardless of whether or not you think VS is fashion) and making a career out of it. They're real people, not people you should feel almighty to tweet about how they're not doing the 'right thing' with their lives, whatever that may be.

These women do not necessarily have eating disorders. This is probably what makes me most frustrated, because I don't think that people understand how this insults so many girls (and boys) out there that have a mental illness where they physically cannot feel any different than this. Here's me being real: I've been there. Ask me about it if you want (or need help; I'm here, please email me), but freshman year was very hard and it took me a long time to ever feel good about myself. Do not ignorantly tweet 'those girls are probably anorexic', because there is probably an anorexic girl reading it that is thinking about how something so crass that you've tweeted is controlling their life. Just because you think that a girl is thin doesn't mean that they have an eating disorder, especially on this fashion show-- there's a clear difference between VS Angels and normal runway models.

There's a very fine line between fit nut and anorexic. One is a healthy obsession, another is a mental illness that hurts deep and really sucks.

I know this show is going to make you want to start a diet the next day, but if it causes you such distress, just don't watch it. It seems that, as a generation, if we want to be relevant on social media, we have to be watching every awards show, sports game, and yes, the VS Fashion Show. Quite frankly, I don't watch it because I have better things to do. And it'll make me feel a little bit down about myself. I'm okay to admit that because I am not going to say that I am always and forever in love with my body. There are things I want to change, definitely, but I'm not going to skip two meals just so I can look like a VS Angel. (Girl likes to eat.)

I know it's fun to follow along with this and I'm seriously not trying to tell you to not watch it. I'm just trying to tell you that your body is something that should be treasured and filled with good things, including a little bit of love.

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xoxo,
Meredith

5 comments:

  1. I agree with your thoughts! If I wasn't working tonight, id probably watch!

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  2. Love this! It's so true! It has become such a big event to watch and almost a "fad" to post about diets and how much you hat your body afterwards, and it shouldn't be! It's nice to watch and see the outfits and envy what they look like, but it definitely needs to be put in perspective!

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    1. I so so agree, Sarah! It's almost abnormal if you're not on a diet. Yeah, I love the feeling of fitting into a smaller pair of jeans, but I think I love the feeling of the extra scoop of ice cream or so. It's all about decisions, and as long as you're happy with your decisions, who cares?

      Thanks for commenting :)

      xoxo,
      Meredith

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