Photo: Galai / Getty Images  ICYMI, apparently as the bell of the New York Stock Exchange rings, a VS model gets wings. Underwear giant Victoria's Secret announced that 25-year-old Hungarian model Barbara Palvin was getting her wings and joining the VS family.
Palvin and VS shared the news in a video on Instagram. "Thanks for believing in me," Palvin said in the clip. "There were times when I let myself be held back by my own thoughts and it was a hard climb away from them, but my family, my team, Ed and everyone at VS were always there to support and uplift me. I'm proud to represent Hungary, and especially you all in this new chapter of my life! "(Associated: These Secret Angels of Victoria had impressive fitness goals while training for the 201
VS fans and even some Former haters seem to be particularly excited about Palvin's new appearance: The Consensus: Her body type is a refreshing change from the brand's infinite leggy and shockingly slim angels. That is, Palvin is not that Far from the brand's historically narrow beauty standards: sources say it has a size of 2 or 4 and weighs about 120 pounds and is 5 "9" this is the brand's attempt to represent the majority of women one can say with certainty that they have (still) missed the target.
ICYDK, Victoria's Secret lacks diversity, is not a new question: For many years, VS's holiday season's major fashion show has sparked controversy over the lack of body and race diversity on the runway. (See: Celebrities Recall Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Due to Lack of Diversity.)
In a Climate, In which popular clothing brands are (and should) be dealing with diversity and positive physicality – especially VS competitors like Third Love, Savage x Fifty and Aerie – Victoria's Secret stays behind and it hits her where it hurts : The Bank A few weeks ago, VS announced that they would close 53 stores after dropping 7 percent in the last quarter. This sharp decline was a direct result of the brand, which refused to listen to customers, use more bra sizes and incorporate more diverse and inclusive models in their campaigns, [CNN] reports.
And that's just the tip of iceberg: Ed Razek, VS's chief marketing officer, made national headlines after the VS Fashion Show last year when he said women of varying size and sexuality do not belong on their runway since this would undermine the "fantasy" of the show. (See also: Normal women restored the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and we are obsessed.)
"Should not you have transsexuals on the show? No, no, I do not think we should," he said an interview with Vogue. "Well, why not because the show is a fantasy It's a 42-minute entertainment special We tried to make a TV special for plus-size [in 2000] No one was interested, still not." Despite the turmoil caused by these comments, Razek has not yet stepped down from his position. Jan Singer, the former CEO of the brand, resigned after the statements (and the sales declines).
While Palvin is not near a plus-size model – and not representative of the average US woman, who is on average 16-18 in size – Instagrammer are upset, even among women, which show a small, physically positive deviation in VS campaigns. "Good work, if you choose a slightly curvier model, your body represents most of us girls in real life, NOT everyone is born extremely thin," wrote one user.
. "Now we only need girls with realistic bodies on your runway next year."
Palvin was previously the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and has previously modeled for the brand. Just a few days before she was crowned an angel, VS posted a few photos of her on Instagram, which were also rated as physically positive by clients. "At last a real human body," wrote one user. "This model actually looks healthy," said another.
Some people even suggested that portraying a model like Palvin could be a sign that the battling retailer is finally starting to hear his critics. "She's an angel … that's the best choice VS has made," someone said.
Considering the amount of flak that VS received due to lack of inclusiveness, it's pretty obvious that their traditional ads and runway shows in the era of #MeToo and the ever-evolving body-positive movement are no longer resonant. By emphasizing Palvin, it seems they are making only a small attempt to shake off the idea of perfectionism on which they have built their fading empire. But TBH is still a small consolation – and feels more like a modest attempt to cover up the recent public relations nightmares. After years of denying that real women deserve to be seen, and years of corrosive news, a slightly less lean Angel will not save them.