A Swimsuit model from Sports Illustrated calls for a boycott of Victoria's secret until the brand starts using more diverse and inclusive models.
Robyn Lawley, who is considered large by industry standards, shared on her Instagram Wednesday that she created an online petition and encourages others not to see the famous lingerie company's fashion show.
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"Let's help change the minds of Victoria & # 39; s Secret to be more diverse and include body shapes and sizes on their catwalks! "Victoria Secret has dominated space for almost 30 years telling women that there is only one beautiful body type," Lawley wrote.
"Until Victoria & # 39; s Secret is committed to representing ALL the women on stage, I'm asking for a complete boycott of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, it's time for Victoria & # 39; s Secret to recognize the purchasing power and the influence of women of ALL ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities, "he continued.
The highly publicized annual event, scheduled for November 8 this year, will be seen by more than 500 million people in 158 countries. Fifty models were chosen to walk in it, but in the program's 23-year history, none of them has been curvy or larger, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
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The 29-year-old Australian, who has appeared in Vogue Italy and cosmopolitan Australia, told The Herald that seeing all the thin models on the catwalk makes her feel bad for her own body, and does not want that for her young man. daughter, Ripley.
"I've felt like every year we saw that program, I should not have to feel that way, Ripley is going to have the shape of my body and the size of my body, it's already established (genetically) and she has three. that has affected me so much when growing up and we all compare ourselves with what is considered "perfection", I do not want her to have to experience that, "he said.
Lawley said that constantly seeing only extremely thin types of bodies portrayed as beautiful led her to unhealthy practices in the hope of achieving the unattainable "ideal".
"Even at my lightest point, I just could not get there, I really tried it." I was counting calories, I was taking diet pills, I was dabbling in starvation, "she said." I thought you had to be skinny to be beautiful. And I thought I would never be beautiful in this size. "
By mentioning Victoria's secret, Lawley expects the brand to notice and begin to choose a wider range of body types to represent the brand.
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"Where is the inclusion? Where is the diversity? Perfection is intense," he said. "I want real cellulite on a catwalk, I want the girls to be relatable. Women want to see diversity. I want to see women like me. Women are beautiful in different sizes, short or tall. We are the ones who are buying the products, so put your money where your mouth is. "