Victoria's Secret has just announced that they will be launching their swimsuit
line again. The only problem is that they are only offering them in smaller sizes
, thus continuing the company's habit of body shaming folks in bigger bodies as "other" or "bad." Sign on if you want the lingerie and swimwear giant to offer larger sizes in their swimsuit line!
This is the not the first time Victoria's Secret has excluded women who don't fit a certain mold. Last year, their chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, said a bunch of horrible things about fat women and trans women when he announced that Victoria's Secret would not cast them in its popular fashion shows
. He defended the decision by saying that the show was a fantasy, implyng that people only fantazsize about a certain type of women. This just isn't true. People fantasize about all kinds and sizes of bodies. It is unacceptable in 2019 for a mainstream fashion company to be so exclusive.
Not only is it mean and shame-y, it also literally contributes to poor health outcomes
. That means that anti-fat marketing is actually a public health risk and we should work to weed out this kind of messaging. Representation matters and we need to hold companies like Victoria's Secret accountable for accurately reflecting a variety of bodies and offering clothes that fit a wider variety of bodies.Will you sign my petition to get Victoria's Secret to offer larger sizes of their swimsuits?