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Victoria’s Secret is world-renowned as an American retailer for women’s wear, lingerie and beauty products. It is not only known for its annual fashion show but also famed for its catalogues which feature top fashion models in stylish photo shoots. Victoria’s Secret’s trademark is not only slim and beautiful models, but they also want their models to be nourished and healthy. In this day and age, we find that a lot of pressure is put on women to lose weight and constantly aim to look like the models portrayed in the media.
Recently, one of the models for Victoria’s Secret, named Candice Swanepoel, has become “a little to light for her wings” according to E online. The model was formerly known for her long blond locks and voluptuous body.
Just a few months ago, Candice was the face of the lingerie house’s Valentine’s Day campaign. She sported a much healthier body than she does now, her weight loss having been drastic. According to sources, she is not only considered unhealthy but is jeopardizing her career as a model for Victoria’s Secret. All the Angels are supposed to be “healthy and muscular” says a source and until now, Swanepoel, 22, had kept the contract. The company is clearly drawing a line between skinny and undernourished models.
An insider explains how “there is a really clear criteria for both Angels and the catalogue. Their career path is Sports Illustrates swimsuit issue then to Angel; it’s the highest paying contract there is, period. The image is about being voluptuous, its not fat, buts its curvy”. For a professional such as Swanepoel, this means that if she gets to skinny, she could lose her contract. The company is not looking for “skinny and editorial print-like fashion magazine models” according to entertainment online. One of the company’s target groups is the Macy’s shoppers and they are generally of an older age-group.
Swanepoel says to E online how extensive traveling has been the main cause of her weight loss. Diet expert Rochelle Sirota describes how “she has to go up to 125 pounds, she looks about 108 to 110 right now, and she’s 5-foot-9 and a half”. She describes how just a few months ago, Candice looked much sturdier. At the moment, the model’s level of body fat looks really low. The diet expert also describes how the human body has the ability to lose weight due to extreme stress, especially in connection with changing time zones. Combined with a fast metabolism, which Swanepoel claims she has, this could be a valid reason for her weight loss.
Rochelle Sirota explains how Swanepoel would have to eat “500 extra calories a day and maintain the exercise she’s doing now to gain a pound a week back onto her frame” according to E online.
Jessica White, a current Victoria’s Secret model, describes how her manager has urged her to keep healthy and maintain a normal weight. She describes how “I’m a Victoria’s Secret model and they have never encouraged me to be anythingbut sexy and healthy, I have curves and they love that. Victoria’s Secret represents all women, which means all shapes and sizes”.
A person close to Swanepoel has said that the focus on her weight is ‘overblown’.