5 Reasons I've Never Considered Watching The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Let me tell you a little secret: I've never watched the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Nope, not even once.

I couldn't tell you the names of Angels of years past, what to expect from this year's event, or details about any of the drama surrounding it. I've blocked it off my radar, and, yeah, not once has it crossed my mind to spend my night participating in this glitter-filled lingerie tradition.

Frankly, I'm not even quite sure what really goes on during the annual catwalk event. Regardless, the fashion show rolls around every year, accompanied by enough media hullabaloo to remind me why sitting it out is the only option for me. And though I love a good televised Harry Styles performance as much as the next person, I'm confident in my feeling that I won't be missing out on much this year, either.

As someone who cares deeply about the accurate representation of women's bodies — and the effect media can have on the way women view themselves and are are viewed societally — it's not a huge shocker that the VS Fashion Show isn't in alignment with my values. Basically, it's problematic AF.

Ahead are five of the reasons why I won't be thinking twice about calling "pass" on the whole thing. Even if you do end up watching this year (No judgment!), I hope you'll consider keeping these points in mind.

The show has a huge body-diversity issue — and that's even more harmful than we think.

In not watching, I'm saving myself from a multi-hour onslaught of images of a body type that doesn't represent me or the vast majority of women. The show is a nightlong celebration of an extremely specific, largely unattainable image of perfection — so obviously so that viewers have begun to expect feeling bad about themselves while watching.

We already know that playing with Barbie dolls can have a huge negative impact on body image in young girls, so it's no surprise that the VS Fashion Show would have a similar effect for adults.
The VS Fashion Show objectifies women and I'm not cool with that.

Yep — in this particular game, media conglomerates and large corporations are the players, and women are the ball. The VS Fashion Show is an in-your-face display of the way that women's bodies are used to sell objects and make profit. The use of female sexuality as an advertising tool is practically inescapable if you exist in the world and/or on the internet, but I'm gonna go ahead and do myself a favor by not willingly subjecting myself to more of it.
The show has a huge cultural-appropriation problem.

In an attempt at something along the lines of "multiculturalism," the fashion show has stepped way into the territory of offensive, culturally appropriative costumes.

If you've seen pictures of the segment called The Road Ahead, you know what I'm talking about: Dragon costumes, enormous feather pieces, and other designs that are intended, as the show's designers say, to look like "strips of culture." The racist Orientalism that is perpetuated in this display is inexcusable and is one more reason why watching the VS Fashion Show has no place in my life.
The entire thing is an advertisement disguised as entertainment.

Lingerie is great. It can make us feel sexy and confident and is fun to buy and wear for so many reasons. But look, we're kidding ourselves if we don't remember that this event is a huge publicity stunt for a mass-produced underwear brand. It's an hour-long commercial.
I would rather support companies that are making a shift towards size inclusivity and body positivity.

Body-positive, size-inclusive lingerie? I'm so here for it. There are brands out there that have pushed towards a celebration of a wider variety of bodies and I would much rather give my attention (and money!) to them than reward Victoria's Secret with my TV viewing.
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