This post was written in 2015 but still holds true today.
The 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired last night with a whopping 6.6 million viewers in attendance.While this was a 32% drop of last years (2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show) 9.1 million viewers, it’s still an outrageous number of people watching half-naked “girls” prance around in almost nothing.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Victoria’s Secret as much as the next girl. I mean, everybody needs undergarments. EVERYONE. I guarantee almost every pair of underpants I own, came right from my local VS. That may be a little TMI, but I’m not blasting them.
But there’s more than one thing that I don’t agree with, and it starts with the unrealistic nature of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
1. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show ISN’T real life.
– ¹The average American woman is about 5 ft 4 in, 140 lbs. and wears a size 12-14.
– ²The average American supermodel is about 5 ft 9 in, 107 lbs. and wears a size 00-0.
After you watch a fashion show full of women who range in sizes 00-0, how do you feel? Because honestly? I was eating a buffalo chicken sandwich while watching, and it only made me want to eat another. I wanted to be like Oprah, “You need a sandwich, you need a sandwich and YOU- you need a sandwich!” It made me think about how overweight I am after having two babes. How my unlimited supply of stretchmarks would send those stickly girls running. It made me feel completely terrible about myself. Society’s portrayal of how the American woman should look made me feel sick. It certainly didn’t make me want to go out and buy anything because I’m sure my fat rolls wouldn’t look too good protruding from some of those “outfits”. When I see an averaged sized women, someone I can relate to, in a cute outfit- that’s when I want to buy it.
I don’t think I’ve ever even watched the show until yesterday. About 9:30, I was flipping through the channels after the kids went to bed and seen it on. I figured I would see what all the fuss was about. Hubs walked in and found out what was on and said, “Really? You want your husband to sit with you and watch these girls half dressed?” Because a woman may envy, but a man may lust.
2. It’s immodest.
Let’s be honest. I don’t need to see somebody in a pair of underwear to ensure my purchase. I just want to know that they’re comfortable and cute. Mostly comfortable, but always cute. Because everybody likes cute undergarments, right? So, why openly sexualize something that should be made for UNDER clothes. Why push “sex” when it’s something personal. Why take intimacy out of the bedroom and into the public eye? Let’s put the shoe on the other foot, as they say. You walked in on your husband watching a bunch of chicks walking around in lingerie, how do you feel?
But, it’s a woman thing? Remember point 1? Yeah, be realistic, okay?
Modesty means so much to me. We have such a body image, self-esteem, self-infatuation, issue in this age and it totally sickens me. This Modest Mom. I started this blog to prove that modesty is not just in dress, it’s a lifestyle, it’s an outlook, it’s a way of life. In all things, be modest.
3. It’s time for the church to take a stand.
How will not watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show be taking a stand? Well, it’s not that complicated. Everybody knows that television thrives on viewership. If the viewers stop watching, the sponsors stop giving, and you can’t afford to keep going. It starts small- denying yourself, picking up your cross, following Christ. But, what does that mean? It means making sacrifices. I mean, I’m not doing that, I’m not dressing that way, I’m not sexualizing or envying or promoting or whatever. Blah. Blah. Blah. If you’re not doing it, then why watch someone else do it? Even if you don’t see anything wrong with it, how would you feel about your pastor watching it? What about Jesus, would he sit and watch? Let’s stop promoting sex in a lustful way, and unrealistic body image, and unprofitable-time-consuming-envious-body-shaming-slamming-and all the other things.
Let’s save ourselves some questions and just say no.
As a Christian, I didn’t watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.