VS Angels Less “Buxom” Than You Might Think
We like to think that because the runways are taped and shown live to a live audience that there isn’t aren’t a lot of “tricks” and photoshopping involved. Turns out that’s not so much the case.
Let’s call it “The Power of the Push Up Bra!”
Victoria’s Secret Angels are known for their feminine curves, but pictures of them off the runway seem to indicate their cleavage is merely a product of a very good push-up bra. Indeed, they may look like buxom babes when dolled up in the Victoria’s Secret catalog, but it seems most of these women are slender and curveless when left to their own devices, which goes to show that the brand’s lingerie really does work. Adam Levine’s fiancee Behati Prinsloo, for instance, showed off her very slender frame in a light pink bikini on a recent trip to St Barts, displaying an almost completely flat chest.
And at the Victoria’s Secret after party, her body-hugging pink dress appeared to fit loosely over her barely-there curves. Indeed, while the 24-year-old’s cleavage seemed to spill out of her bra on the runway, it was all but invisible just hours later. The photos reveal just how slender the Namibian model is, with a body usually seen on an editorial model rather than a lingerie model. She isn’t the only Angel hiding Victoria’s real ‘secret’; Karlie Kloss also manages to make her super slim frame appear curvaceous on the runway.
The six-foot-one supermodel – who has starred in high-fashion ads for designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana – showed off her cleavage in a white and yellow lace push-up bra during the annual lingerie fashion show. Just a month before, however, the 21-year-old displayed not even a hint of curves when she attended a New York Fashion Week event in a white satin dress. Cara Delevingne is another Angel whose curves play a disappearing act when she’s off the Victoria’s Secret runway.
The 21-year-old It girl looked buxom in a black corset at this year’s show, wearing a sheer dress over her lingerie that gave the illusion of added curves. But pictures of her off the runway tell a different story. Indeed, in a snap of her at the Victoria’s Secret after party last year, the British beauty appears to have more of a boyish frame than a voluptuous one, with slim hips and a lack of cleavage. The supermodel has even admitted that her frame is not as womanly and voluptuous as it is made out to be on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. She told i-D magazine earlier this month that her biggest insecurity is ‘my body, because I’d like to be curvier.’
Push-up bras are undoubtedly a major factor in the supermodels’ ability to appear busty, but it’s not the only secret to their curves. In 2010, former Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks told the New York Daily News that body make-up helps them look instantly curvaceous. ‘It’s all about creating the illusion of this amazing body on the runway,’ she explained. ‘People don’t realize that there are about 20 layers of make-up on my butt alone.’ And 29-year-old Angel Lindsay Ellingson told Fashionista in September that she likes to ‘add curves’ to her slim frame before each fashion show. ‘I think it’s sexier and more feminine to be more full,’ she said. ‘So I add like almond butter, peanut butter, protein shakes to my diet, just to feel a little sexier and curvier.’ (The Daily Mail)
Victoria’s Secret models have been open about the fact that the public should realize the difference between fantasy and reality and the extent to which much of the beauty of a shot is manufactured. I couldn’t agree more. What this article shows us is how disconnected we are to what is in front of our eyes. Whether consciously or not women who look at these lovely women strutting down a runway are not perfect. They are painted and put into clothes to create the illusion of perfection. I actually believe its refreshing to read just how much of their “perfect” bodies is just a momentary creation.
This week I managed to spin on my bike 3x for 30 minute intensity intervals lasting 2 minutes on, 4 minutes off. I am so grateful to our friend Charlton for letting me take it off his hands! My dream gym is a home gym and this is a great start, lol.
I practiced one hot yoga class, but as I was using my passport to prana, I ended up going to a ashtanga hot yoga class at Hot Yoga Wellness Mississauga. It was a slower paced class with a focus on proper allignment and deep stretching. The instructor Ivano was a great guide through the class and I still feel completely relaxed 5 hours later.
Eating habits have been relaxed. I try to keep my calories down but haven’t been restricting my carbs as I usually do.
All in all, I haven’t been able to maintain my fitness goals completely this week, but I have still made consistent progress towards my goals and I am looking forward to the balancing act this holiday season! :)
As the rigors of my academia are drawing to a close in time for the holidays, I’m intent to continue making progress in my life. Along with making progress with my writing and artistic expression in other forms, I’ve just been feeling happy and blessed to be on this upward cycle of progress in my life and feel like I can really step it up. Enter new fitness goal.
I’ve been pretty consistent with ensuring I stay active these past few months and have maintained my lowest weight in 6 (!) years steadily. I feel great getting work outs in and my spin bike is my best friend. That being said, I know that for me, these routine work outs have become easy. Easy because they are in the name of maintenance, and I need a new challenge!
Looking in the mirror, I’m not 100% satisfied with my over all tone. I love my curves, but could tighten up in general. I’ve never had flat abs and have always had a strong body, and I am curious to see more of my athletic build when I lean out.
My fit body inspirations are Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Stacy Kiebler and Jessica Biel-Timberlake.
I’ve always come to my current weight and physical activity standard and stopped. According to my past self, I would have long ago bounced back to unhealthy standards. Mostly because the attention or praise received made me doubt my own worth.
I feel confident today. Confident in my abilities to do what is necessary to be my best, and confident in my body that I can be my sexiest self and it doesn’t make either my current sexy self less than, nor does it imply that I’m not there today because I’m not worthy of it.
Lift Weights at Gym 3 days a week - MIN
Yoga - ONE day a week - MIN
Spin 2 days a week - MIN
Eat gluten-free, 1500 cal max/daily with one cheat day/week
TONE and visible muscle definition from fat loss in midsection- 29-34-39
SEXY size 6
160 lbs by Dec 15
31-36-40.5 (tiniest part of waist, widest part, hips)
:) Let’s get fit!