Androgynous Model Makes Powerful Statement About Beauty Standards

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Did you sit around feeling bad about yourself while watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show? It's no secret that society's beauty standards are seriously unrealistic, and never does that message ring more true than while watching busty yet impossibly thin models strut down the runway in lingerie. Ugh, pass the M&Ms.

Fierce AF androgynous model Rain Dove set out to make a point last week about what people consider beautiful. Rain, who is cisgender (meaning she was designated female in the delivery room and grew up to identify as female), is often mistaken for a man or transgender woman because of her height and facial structure, according to Elle.

Rain wanted to show that beauty can exist outside of society's standards. She took a stance by dressing up in Victoria's Secret lingerie and recreating shots from the brand's holiday catalog, then edited the images to swap a Victoria's Secret model's head in for her own.

"I'm constantly told in the industry that I don't look like a woman, so therefore I can't be put in editorials and campaigns because people wouldn't get it," she told Elle.

We love Rain's #SelfLove message. Click through to see the whole photo series at Elle.
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