Karlie Kloss is the latest (super)model to join the ranks of the Victoria’s Secret Angels.
Don’t care we hear you say? Well, like you, we usually reserve a certain kind of feigned interest for celebrity ‘news’ of this nature but our negative body image ears pricked up on this one. And we’re calling it out.
Some Mamamia readers may remember the post we ran earlier this year about Karlie Kloss’ skeletal frame being reverse retouched to appear fatter.
If you missed it, Kloss’ thin frame has been discussed in media and fashion circles for years for its perception of being anorexic and serving as ‘thinspiration’ for pro-anorexia websites. Images of the model are now routinely retouched to hide the unattractive and unhealthy side of being extremely thin.
So the question we’re asking is: How can a model who is considered too skeletal for fashion editorials make it to the commercial ranks of the Victoria’s Secret juggernaut?
We no longer look to fashion magazines or product endorsement contracts to make or break a model’s career – those jobs are increasingly being awarded to actresses or pop stars. The ultimate achievement in modeling has become prancing around in a very expensive and very sparkly set of bra and undies, with wings attached to your back.
I fact, five of the highest-earning models of 2012 are current Victoria’s Secret Angels.
The original VS angels included supermodels Helena Christensen, Stephanie Seymour and Tyra Banks – all slim women to be sure, but with large breasts and at least a little bit of booty.