Knock­off VS shows send the wrong mes­sage

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

As a woman who is not in good phys­i­cal shape, I don’t usu­ally en­joy watch­ing women on the cat­walk ( Not quite the same, Septem­ber 18).

So, I have avoided watch­ing Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret (VS) Fash­ion Show for ages. The women’s stag­ger­ingly long legs hurt my eyes.

But what hurt my eyes even worse was the knock­off VS shows in Chi­nese shop­ping malls.

Had I not watched the VS show in 2016, I might have con­tin­ued be­liev­ing that the VS cat­walk was like those in China’s shop­ping malls: un­flat­ter­ing de­signs and testos­terone in the air.

For me, the wings mean more than a beau­ti­ful crown for the mod­els, they mean pro­fes­sion­al­ism, self-es­teem and self-re­spect.

Were the “knock­off an­gels” sexy? In­deed. But I don’t see how such fash­ion shows pro­mote girl power or self-re­spect among women.

Peo­ple love the VS an­gels not only be­cause they pro­mote one of the world’s most fa­mous un­der­wear brands but also be­cause they present how women should be: con­fi­dent, healthy and sexy.

Vic­to­ria Fan, by e-mail

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