EDIT: I wrote this a while ago and wasn’t sure whether or not I should post it. It’s been just sitting in my drafts for a while. However, with Miranda Kerr’s “Photoshop Fail” I think it’s something that needs to be addressed. Instead of criticizing Amanda Kerr, we should be standing together as women and saying “Enough is enough!”)
Only 100 women in the United States have the measurements of a Victoria Secret model. But even if you do compare to the measurements, you’re still not going to look like one of them! Why? Because they stand differently than a normal woman stands. Have you noticed? Have you ever actually looked at those VS posters in the malls and evaluated their posture? It’s insane. Have you ever tried to stand like that? I have and it’s horribly uncomfortable! And they have to stand that way for literally hours whenever working on a photo shoot. I couldn’t do it. I could not.
Can you imagine standing around all day with your hip cocked all the way out to the side? Can you imagine standing all day with your butt pushed as far back as you can imagine without breaking your back? IN HEELS?
As if all that wasn’t enough – the small waist measurements, the obsessive work-outs, the hours in the make-up chair, and the horribly uncomfortable posture – they are also airbrushed to a level of impossibility! Have you noticed that, from the front, they have no ass? Like none.
I’ll give you an example.
This is a Victoria Secret model from the back:
She’s got a pretty good amount of flesh back there. Obviously, it’s not as large as the average American woman’s ass, but it’s still there. Okay, now look:
It’s the same model, just a different angle. Now, unless she got a butt lift or liposuction in between pictures, her butt should still be showing. She’s not tilting her pelvis so far back that you wouldn’t see it. There should be some flesh here:
Or maybe even hanging further down.
So not only are women expected to have measurements that only 100 out of the millions of women that live in America have, incredibly odd posture that probably causes excruciating back pain after day-long photo shoots, and hours of work in a make-up chair with professionals doting on them THEY ARE ALSO SUPPOSED TO NOT SHOW THEIR ASS FROM THE FRONT VIEW OF A WIDE LEG STANCE.
It’s not fair to the average woman and it’s not fair to Victoria Secret models wither. These VS models, admittedly, work their asses off. They spend hours and hours every week working out and taking care of themselves. They have extremely meticulous diets. They have earned their spots as Victoria Secret models. Then they’re indirectly told that all of that work that they have put in to maintain their career is simply not enough. And their asses are airbrushed out of their pictures. (You can even see in the edited and unedited Miranda Kerr photos that you can clearly see her ass from the front view. Yet, in the catalogs and on the VS website, no such flesh exists. And god only knows what else they’re editing out of these pictures!)
Don’t feel bad about not being able to obtain this unobtainable body. Not even Victoria Secret models are good enough to be Victoria Secret models!
If the photographers and editors of the VS website and catalog had their way they would have airbrushed this picture:
To look like this: