Kultur’D Konversations: Taking a Stand for Body Positivity
A petition on change.org by model Robyn Lawley is asking people to boycott the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show as it does not resonate with the post #MeToo era. The boycott was created to emphasize that while show has evolved over the years by including more ethnically diverse models, they are still only featuring models with just one body shape.
Robyn Lawley is the first plus size model to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2015. She wants to boycott the show because she believes it lacks body diversity. Lawley says, “until Victoria’s Secret commits to representing ALL women on stage, I am calling for a complete boycott of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It’s time Victoria’s Secret recognized the buying power and influence of women of ALL ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.”
What is Robyn Lawley Promising?
8,500 people have signed this petition already and Lawley promises that if you:
- Sign the petition
- Share it with your friends and encourage them to not tune in or attend the fashion show
- Share a photo with the hashtag #weareallangels
ThirdLove will donate one bra to I Support the Girls, a national non-profit that collects and distributes bras to homeless woman and girls around the country.
The larger issue at hand.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is an iconic moment in the fashion world and has been for a while. Unfortunately, changing the image of the show would take a lot of time and would need to measure the accountability of the change. This is because they are such a major corporation that has been around for decades and making a change such as the models they chose does change the way they represent their lingerie. That is not to say that they should not start to incorporate bodies of various types but they only recently introduced more ethnic diversity — it seems this change will take some time to implement too — if they do ever go in that direction — which would be a welcome change.
Playing the devil’s advocate and assuming that Victoria’s Secret sticks to following a specific way of representing their lingerie with certain body sizes, are these women not to be seen as women, too? There are many women that are naturally thin around the world, so degrading them and making them feel unworthy for their size is also an issue we need to talk about.
We live in a world where our image and the way we look really alters the way others think of us and even worse, the way we start to see our own bodies. Our looks start to determine who we are, and we are greatly being influenced by the fashion world. Ultimately more inclusivity and representation for would be a benefit.
Do you think we should boycott the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show? Do you believe the fashion show should be changed?
Let us know what you think and join the kultur’d konversations on our socials @kultur.d
Listen to our discussion on this online or Apple/Google Podcasts. https://omny.fm/shows/640-toronto/kulturd-saturday-november-3rd-2018?in_playlist=640-toronto!kulturd