• Tue, Apr 12 2011

Kate Upton is Victoria’s Secret’s Answer To Skinny Controversy

Last week, Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel came under fire for looking distractingly thin beside fellow Angels Adriana Lima and Alessandro Ambrosio. Last year, Alessandra Ambrosio was criticized for looking “sickly” in St Barths. Miranda Kerr has been labeled “scary skinny.”

Now, the brand has (apparently) responded to all the criticism by signing 18-year-old Michigan-native (and recent Guess campaign face) Kate Upton.

Here are the reasons I’m a bit split on this whole subject, in handy bullets:

-It feels weird talking about women’s bodies at all, as if they’re up for debate
-At the same time, the photos of Swanepoel were a bit shocking
-Moreover, shouldn’t we feel comfortable criticizing Victoria’s Secret if they’re constantly trying to define “sexy” and “beautiful” through their Angels, and then going and using women who work out for 2 hours a day and subsist on green juice and raw almonds?
-So I guess we should see Upton’s casting as a step in the right direction because she looks fit and lean and definitely not alarming
-That said, it’s not like Upton doesn’t look like a damn lingerie model

So. I don’t know if Victoria’s Secret casting some super hot teenager is going to balance out any frighteningly thin 22-year-olds they currently employ, but it’s… kind of… an improvement… right?

Maybe next they could rein in their photo editing people?

(via the Herald Sun)

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  • Dove

    I don’t really see how that model looks different from Candice Swanpoel’s magazine/ad pics. She’s about 8lbs from looking like Candce does now, now that Candice has lost 8lbs from her usual modeling weight…

    • Eileen

      I agree; she doesn’t look any different from the other VS models at their “normal” weights. Losing or gaining just a few pounds when you’re THAT thin makes a huuuuuuuge difference…

  • Hannah Beth

    She’s got a sexpot face and is newly legal… but seriously, this isn’t helping anyone’s self esteem issues. I mean, yay, a whole centimeter of extra skin! I don’t have to have a washboard stomach! I can have a washboard plus a centimeter!

    She’s beautiful, but I don’t see how it “helps,” if that makes sense. I won’t deny that VS makes me feel sexy when I’m in their products, or when I’m drinking and posing in front of my mirror. But at the same time, I hold my breath any time one of their commercials comes on and I’m eating Peanut M&M’s on the sofa with my boyfriend.

  • Don’t Bitch

    If all of your concern was really for the welfare of the minds of women, you wouldn’t be wasting your time bitching on the internet, you would be doing something, daily, about it.

    • Ashley Cardiff

      If all of your concern was really for the welfare of the minds of women, you wouldn’t be wasting your time commenting on blogs, you would be doing something, daily, about it.

  • Abigail

    I don’t really think she’s that pretty, and she doesn’t look all that different from anybody else they use. I don’t see what the big deal is.