"I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media... Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me, when a friend approached me to share that she was unhappy with her body. Then it made me think.... that everyday in my life, I wake up thinking, how do I look? Was I going to be accepted in my job? And in that moment I realized that majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/social media/fashion etc imposed.... I thought that's not a way of living and beyond that.... that's not physically and mentally healthy, so I decided to make that change..... I will not take [off] my clothes anymore for [an] empty cause....."
Posted recently on her Instagram, Brazilian model Adriana Lima, who has been featured in the Victoria Secret runway shows 18 times and has modeled for Victoria's Secret for many years. Her post went on to say "My job puts me in such big pressure to look a certain way. I was thinking, how can we [women] have to carry so much..... I am tired of the impositions, we 'as [women]' can't be continuing living in a world with such superficial values, it's not fair for us, to behave, to look......I want to change it, on the name of my grandma, my mother, and all her ancestors that have been labeled, pressured, misunderstood. And has to live according to Society... I will make that change... I will start with me."
An inspirational post of this kind coming from a Victoria's Secret model is bound to really shake the stereotypes and societal perceptions that skinny is better. It's really hard for someone in the modeling industry to vocally fight the status quo because their job is to present a certain "type" and to look a certain way. I'm proud of Adriana and hope that this brand begins to use modeling as inspiration and not simply declare what body type is considered "sexy".