I love shopping in Victoria's Secret, mostly because I'm really into things that are pink and smell like cotton candy. But while I love a good shopping sesh at the store, I'm less thrilled with the models that they use to advertise their products. The Victoria's Secret Angels represent a rare, extremely tiny portion of women who have exceptionally long legs, micro-waists, and boobs that can fill the store's lacy bras with just the right amount of cleavage. It's a little disheartening, and luckily, I'm not the only one who thinks so - Rebel Wilson made an amazing point about Victoria's Secret's unrealistic standards at the MTV Movie Awards and it should make everyone think about what the company represents.
Obviously, Rebel wasn't content simply making a social statement - she pulled out all the stops. Rebel dressed up as a Victoria's Secret Angel (complete with a studded bra and 20 pound wings!) at the award show, which most people thought was just a clever costume - until she turned around. Written across her leggings was the word "THINK," a Parody of Victoria's Secret's PINK collection. Here's what Rebel said in the press room regarding her outfit choice:
In Pitch Perfect we're called The Bella, which means beautiful, and we have a whole bunch of different girls in the group who are all different shapes and sizes and nationalities. I think one of the good messages in the movie is that you're all beautiful and that sometimes girls will look at Victoria's Secret models and think they have to model themselves after that, but I really don't think that's the best... I'd like to encourage other girls to think that way, which is why I put [the word "think"] on my butt. It's about what's up here [points to her head] and not what's here [points to her bottom].
While women may consciously know that the Victoria's Secret model is paid to look the way she does and already has a body that represents such a tiny fraction of the population, it's easy to forget that when society worships the models for looking the way they do. Rebel's joke hopefully got some people to think critically about why it is we admire the people we look up to, and reminds us that we should do so for their accomplishments and not how they look.
It'll take a long time for people to start placing less value in appearance, but Rebel's message means we're at least on the right track. In the meantime, can we get a petition to make Rebel the new Victoria's Secret Angel? She's a real role model - and she really does look fierce in those wings.