The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show pegs itself as a celebration for everything the US lingerie brand represents: femininity, decadence and the unbridled confidence of lithe-limbed supermodels, but the annual spectacle is never far from controversy.
While the show has been praised for featuring models from a diverse mix of ethnic backgrounds, the lineup remains homogeneous in terms of body shape, with the company never having cast a plus-size woman to walk its famous runway.
Now, one model is calling for a complete boycott of the show, which is expected to take place in November this year, will once again feature exclusively slim women.
Robyn Lawley, a plus-size model, has started an online petition calling for Victoria's Secret to be more inclusive.
She argued that the lingerie brand has “dominated the space for almost 20 years by telling women there is only one kind of body beautiful.
“Until Victoria's Secret commits to representing ALL women on stage, I am calling for a complete boycott of this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show,” she continues.
“It's time Victoria's Secret recognised the buying power and influence of women of ALL ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities.
“The female gaze is powerful, and together, we can celebrate the beauty of our diversity.”
The post has been well-received by Lawley's 190,000 followers, garnering more than 1,900 likes and hundreds of supportive comments; the petition has been signed by more than 700 people so far.
As opposed to watching this year's show, she urged people to share an unedited photograph of themselves on Instagram under the hashtag #MyAngelWings.
劳利在反对观看今年的维密秀的同时，鼓励人们在Ins的“我的天使之翼”（My Angel Wings）这一标签下分享自己的一张未经编辑的照片。
She added that for every person who shares a snap, lingerie brand ThirdLove will donate a bra to Support The Girls, a nonprofit organisation that distributes bras and menstrual products to homeless women across the US.
她补充道，每有一人分享照片，内衣品牌ThirdLove（第三种爱）就会为“支持女孩”（Support The Girls）组织捐赠一件文胸。该组织是一家为全美无家可归的女性提供文胸和月经产品的非营利组织。