Victoria’s Secret thinks you’re sexy (if you’re young, thin, and white)
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When👏 will👏 this👏 brand👏 learn👏 it👏 is👏 toxic👏 ?
Victoria’s Secret, the world’s most misguided authority on sexiness, released its annual "What is Sexy" list, and (spoiler alert!) it’s exactly what you think it is. Young, white, and thin.
The results were reportedly were decided by the public, though the website announcing the list’s winners proudly declares, “This is what sexy means to us." While the list has a few winners that stray from the above precedent, the numbers are unquestionably stacked in favor of thin white women.
Mandy Moore tops the list for "sexiest actress," Taylor Swift for "sexiest entertainer," Lady Gaga for "sexiest songstress," and Lauren Conrad for "sexiest mogul." Sigh.
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Of course, all women on this list are beautiful and strong – but its blaring lack of diversity cannot be ignored. Yes, Vanessa Hudgens won "sexist style risk taker," Priyanka Chopra won "sexiest red carpet look," and Jamie Chung won "sexiest festival style," but what even are those categories? While thin white women top the list in their professional field, women of color win nonsensical categories like "sexiest festival style." It’s invalidating, VS (do better).
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Exceptionally, Rocky Barnes won "sexiest fashion social star," and Desi Perkins won for "sexiest beauty social star."
Beyond the lack of racial diversity amongst winners: there is no – repeat no – size diversity on the list, a complaint about the company’s 2016 winners that was apparently ignored. Thin is still (all that’s) in, according to Victoria’s Secret.
We probably shouldn’t be surprised considering the brand’s consistently homogenously-sized annual fashion show.
Victoria’s Secret, for God’s sake, let’s do better in 2018.
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