Regardless of one’s awareness of the fashion industry as a whole, it is pretty difficult to avoid the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The blockbuster annual event is star-studded in every way: bedazzled lingerie, famous models, and even hit musicians performing alongside the runway. But curve model Robyn Lawley is not having any of it; instead, she is calling out the event for its lack of size diversity. Lawley, the first plus-size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, took to Instagram to call for a boycott of the show. Using the the hashtag “#WeAreAllAngels,” Lawley also started a petition on Change.org with the hopes of encouraging VS to include curve and plus-size women on their runway. She’s also turned her mission into a charitable cause: for every image posted with #WeAreAllAngels, ThirdLove will donate a bra to Support the Girls, a non-profit that provides bras to homeless women. In Lawley’s words, “It’s time Victoria’s Secret recognized the buying power and influence of women of ALL ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.”
Do you agree with Lawley’s statements about the VS Fashion Show? What do you think the show represents to young women in popular culture?
Read here for an analysis of Rihanna’s Savange x Fenty show at NYFW last month, and why the author thinks Victoria’s Secret should follow the pop star’s example.
Get in on the action, and sign Lawley’s petition at Charge.org. Take it one step further by posting your own photo with #WeAreAllAngels.