You Are So Much More Than a Victoria’s Secret Model

On Tuesday night, the world tuned in as Victoria’s Secret launched their yearly fashion show. The prestigious event was held in Rome and featured some of the biggest faces that hit the runway this year: Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, and many more. With special performances by Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, and The Weekend, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was the envy of every girl who watched the televised event.

Unfortunately though, such displays of near-unattainable waistlines and decadent beauty can give-way to an annual bout of self-consciousness and self-loathing for too many spectators watching on from their humble livings rooms.

And I get it. I really, really do. It’s hard to watch hordes of skinny, beautiful models and not feel like you’re not good enough. We’re conditioned by companies like Victoria’s Secret to secretly loathe ourselves and want to be like them. They profit off our insecurities so that soon enough, we’re tricked into buying their product in the hope that we too will be magical like Kendall.

But you know what? Kendall Jenner probably is made out of pixie dust and sunshine and whatever else that comes with being Kendall Jenner. But that doesn’t mean that you are made out of anything else. One of my favorite quotes is, “Another woman’s beauty is not the absence of your own.” I could sit here, in the comfort of my bedroom, and talk about how models are probably terrible human beings. I could try my best to rip them apart, scan them head to toe for any physical flaws. But doing that won’t change the fact that the problem isn’t with other women; the problem is the idea that beauty must be competed for.

Everyone has worth. Everyone is capable of doing extraordinary things. You have the power to make somebody’s day by offering them a compliment, or change the world through simple and giant acts of kindness. You could inspire others to be their best self, and in turn, shape a generation. There is something so incredibly capable in every human being that it would be ridiculous to boil all of that into just one fashion show.

You might not be Candice Swanepoel, but that just means you have more room to be you.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is one event out of the entire year. You have this beautiful opportunity to make every single day of your life count for something. If there’s one thing that I’m absolutely certain of, it’s that people have the strength to overcome anything. Trust me when I say that you are so much more than someone who “isn’t a Victoria’s Secret model.”

You might not be walking around on an expensive catwalk, but that doesn’t make you any less of a goddamn angel.

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