Racist Lingerie?

Racist Lingerie? Social Justice Warrior’s take on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

The social justice warriors who work for Cosmopolitan Magazine have resurfaced, this time they want to whine about the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Just days after the show they put out an article wondering why Victoria’s Secret continues to make racist clothing? (http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/a8384630/why-cant-victorias-secret-stop-designing-racist-lingerie/) Here we go. 

The Cosmo article starts off by making snide comments about the Angel’s hair, and all “of their life’s work”. That sounds a bit like jealousy to me. Maybe the author, Helin Jung, is upset because her “life’s work” hasn’t paid off, and she does not get over $9 million a year, as Adriana Lima does. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2015/11/10/the-victorias-secret-fashion-show-a-50-million-catwalk/#7b43e5844d2e

There are some snowflakes that are mad because one of the opening segment’s involved some of the Angel’s walking in outfits that the author sees as multiculturalism. Funny, because there are models of all different ethnicities who get to walk in the show. But apparently to some safe spacers, that’s racist. However, if the show instead used only white models and only things related to “white culture” that would be considered racist too. So they’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t. 

A Nepalese jewelry designer created most of the jewelry for the worldly segment, even saying that the beads and silk she used in her designs was “a huge part of my culture”. Someone please, explain to me the racism behind a Nepalese designer making jewelry that represents where she is from?

Another designer from the show said that the worldly outfits were inspired by Mexico, Peru, and China. At least the designers did some research, unlike the person who wrote the article. 

The article goes on to talk about how the show culturally appropriated everything, yeah yeah okay. 

She then whines about “the emblems that stood out most were the ones that came from Asia – specifically China.” She even says “the Orientalism on display here doesn’t show an understanding or an attempt at dialogue.” However, that is where she is wrong. Each outfit worn by an Angel is hand made, the designers went out of their way to find the most predominant symbol of Chinese culture, the dragon. The same thing goes for when there is an outfit that represents America, the most predominant colors are red, white, and blue, and sometimes have stars and stripes. So how again is any of that racist? “What condescension, for Victoria’s Secret to think that by wrapping a model in a dragon, it could connect directly with a new consumer in China.” Well, clearly it does connect with the people buying VS items from China, there is a pretty big demand for VS fragrances, and other items in China. It’s the same thing as when another company wants to reach a larger audience they play into what they think will grab the attention of the audience they are wanting to attract, how come it isn’t racist then?

Jung ends her article by saying that “The brand [VS] is leading with the notion that we’re all members of the human race, therefore everything belongs to everyone. But this is exceptional disingenuousness… …a sexist, patriarchal, mostly white corporation continues to take what it wants for its own gain. Its exploitation of these cultural references is meant to lead directly to profits.” Let’s just break that down, we are all members of the human race so that’s an ignorant statement. Saying VS is sexist, white, and a patriarchal corporation sounds unintelligent. VS is not sexist, they are most definitely not all white, and what does the patriarchy have to do with any of this?? VS is aimed towards women, not men. It’s not exploitation of a cultural, it’s not racist, it is called capitalism. Victoria’s Secret is a private company and therefore they get to do whatever they want. They do not care that some whiny safe spacers are upset about their show. Jung ends with saying how she’s “not buying it.”I think they can handle a few of you not buying their products. As a matter of fact in 2015 alone, VS made over $7.5 billion in revenue. 




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