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Wednesday
May292013

Victoria's Secret: How DARE You Use Kate Upton's Old Photo On A New Catalogue?

Women Are Frankly Flawed, Victoria’s Secret, Get Used To It

My dear Victoria’s Secret friends. What in the world is up with you guys this week? It’s bad enough that you launched a new bra called ‘Flawless’, as if we ladies need to be reminded yet one more time of just how much we need fixing. Our brains are already saturated with inferiority complexes as we pick up yet another cue that our natural beauty just isn’t good enough.

Hopefully your former super Angel Gisele can set you straight on why ‘Flawless’ isn’t a good name for a bra these days. Take a good read of yesterday’s post Gisele Bundche & Johan Lindeberg Say Basta To ‘Flawless’.

We LIKE our imperfections and unique features. They are part of our IDENTITY. We don’t need the biggest lingerie brand in the world — one that consumed 10 years of my life in a great career ride —  telling us that we need to assess our flaws every time we look in the mirror.

Some of us are blondes and some brunettes. Some of us have round faces and others high foreheads with chiseled features. A few of us are 5’10” but most 5’4”. Some of us care about others and have good hearts with regard to how we treat people. Others do not.

Using Kate Upton Is A Mortal Sin After You Publicly Humiliated Her

Frankly, I can forgive you for ‘Flawless’ and continue to hold you in some regard. But you have committed a MORTAL SIN putting Kate Upton’s 2011 image on the back of a new Victoria’s Secret catalogue.

What in the world were you thinking, Victoria’s Secret Catalog??????????????? I thought your previous treatment of Kate Upton was a new low. In your crass tearing up of a woman’s reputation — which you did very publicly with your Victoria’s Secret stylist representativeve Sophia Neophitou saying that Victoria’s Secret would never use Kate Upton, because she is “like a Page 3 girl” — I thought you hit a new low in how you relate to women.

Neophitou said that Upton is “like a footballer’s wife with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

Today, because Kate Upton is a great success in spite of Sophia Neophitou’s obnoxious, petty, demeaning comments about her, you decide to capitalize on Kate’s acceptance by Carine Roitfeld, Anna Wintour, Steven Meisel, and countless other top people in fashion. This is a totally disgusting turn of events, Victoria’s Secret.

‘The Kate Upton Effect’ By Mario Testino for Voge US June 2013

I wrote in February 2012, calling you guys out for Sophia Neophitou’s comments:

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Wednesday
Feb222012

Kate Upton @ Muse Magazine, Says Gisele Is Footballer's Wife

Note | Nudity The high resolution images haven’t yet been released from Kate Upton’s Muse Magazine shoot with Sebastian Faena. The minis are available for viewing. It seems that Kate may just have that horrible Victoria’s Secret fashion show stylist Sophia Neophitou eating crow before she’s finished. Kate may be a model commoner — as Neophitou calls her — but she and Faena make sweet music with Kate channeling Marilyn Monroe for Muse Magazine.

Kate is darn quick-witted, throwing her own volley over the net against Neophitou. Despite Upton having appeared in print ads for Victoria’s Secret, Neophitou described the 5-foot-10 beauty as “like a Page 3 girl,” a reference to the British newspaper The Sun. “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

Upton responded: “Gisele’s a football player’s wife. Gisele’s in that category so I’m good.”

Given that Gisele is the highest-paid model in the world, making far more money than her husband, Kate rocks it with that true statement about her looking like a footballer’s wife. And just what IS wrong with Gisele? Just how did Sophia Neophitou become a spokesperson for Victoria’s Secret? I thought that was Monica Mitro’s or Ed Razek’s job.

There is so much interest in my own article about Kate Upton, perhaps because her body is one to be celebrated — as is her look.

Reflecting personally, let me share with readers that my 2Ps in a Pod column with a Catholic monk is now over. The skin care ads are down.

Why, you ask? Because a few self-appointed, very uppity people with mouths like Neophitou think that I’m a Page 3 girl, too. Too-blond hair and a slut-girl face. Decadent, disgustingly sensual — as Rick Santorum would say as he now turns to condemn sensuality, too — and a danger to humankind.

Blonds like Upton and me have no moral fiber, given our embrace of Smart Sensuality identities.

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Friday
Feb172012

VS Stylist Says Kate Upton Is Too Fat; Anja Rubik Is Perfect?

Kate Upton with her proud parents at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition partyWhen my friend Jennifer Lewis posted on my FB page that there was a dustup over Kate Upton representing a move from Sports Illustrated to use curvier models, I brushed off the comment, beliving that SI is a guy’s magazine and it generally prefers curvier models.

Kate snapped by Sports Illustrated Assistant Editor MJ Day in Las Vegas.We featured Kate Upton’s 2011 Victoria’s Secret catalogue photos and noted that she wasn’t in the 2011 fashion show. So what?

Even I gulped when I saw the phone pics of some of Kate’s publicity stunts. With the social conservatives out in full force these days, VS must be extra careful of their affiliations. Pics like Kate’s left may go down with drunken guys at Hooters or even Yale, but they don’t get her credibility with organizations like Victoria’s Secret.

Nevertheless, Kate Upton has done a great job of building her career — and let’s not forget her credentials as an excellent, award-winning equestrian. Kate’s an all-American girl. Just like rebuilding General Motors, such a woman might become popular again. Don’t count her out

As a former VS executive and Fashion Director, I’m pretty calm about the Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue. It drives good traffic and readers stick around our websites, converting to committed direct supporters. I learned long ago that our women readers love the same images as guys do — and we try to filter out the ones they wouldn’t.

You’re Kidding Me | Kate Upton Is Fat?

Bottom line, I’ve been on cruise control over the Kate Upton images until learning that the fashion industry is all holier-than-thou about Kate Upton being fat. OK, could somebody get me about four Advil. Yes, writes The Gloss, ‘Kate Upton Gets Hated On For Being Awesome’ and also Stop Calling Kate Upton Fat (It Makes You Sound Stupid).

Reading along, I’ve changed my mind. Forget the Advil. Please bring me a Bombay Sapphire martini straight up. I don’t believe this crap. The Gloss does not exaggerate.

We could leave it there had Sophia Neophitou, who just signed on as a key person in choosing models and themes for the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, not absolutely brutalized Kate Upton in the public press this week. The stylist is also the founder of 10 Magazine and a major contributor to fashion’s obsession with size 0 models.

After her comments to the New York Times Style section this week about Kate Upton, Columbus Victoria’s Secret executives must be choking.

“We would never use” Ms. Upton for a Victoria’s Secret show, Ms. Neophitou said by telephone last week from London. And, while Ms. Upton has, in fact, modeled on occasion for the company’s catalog, her look, said Ms. Neophitou, is “too obvious” to be featured in what has become the most widely viewed runway show in the world.

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Thursday
Mar312011

Victoria's Secret's Candice Swanepoel Called 'Shockingly Thin'

Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel showed up in Los Angeles last evening to model the new line of Victoria’s Secret swimwear. CBS News called Candice ‘startlingly slim’ and Hollywood Life.com says ‘scarily, skeletally, stick-thin’ reports People.com.

People writes that in November 2010, Candice Swanepoel told ABC News that she was having trouble keeping weight on due to her schedule. 88% of those taking the People poll, say Candice is too thin.

CBS News posts this photo of Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima taken yesterday, wit commentary from eating disorder expert Marisa Sherry: “I think Victoria’s Secret was always a company that highlighted women’s bodies and curves with sex appeal. But over the last few years they have been criticized for accepting thinner and thinner models. And this is a perfect example.”

“It’s eating disorder porn,” Dr. Michael Rich, who heads the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, told CBS News after watching the company’s winter fashion show last December.

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Wednesday
Jul142010

Aging American Women Should Move to France

I’m passionate about sexy, older women, because I am one.

Sunday’s excellent Washington Post article on the sex lives of French women rings true to me. Thankfully, I spent endless weeks of my life as an aging Victoria Secret executive, working in France and Italy.

Just to reinforce Pamela Druckerman’s hypothesis that aging French women have it better, Dove’s 2006 Global Study ‘Beauty Comes of Age  confirmed a 20 year difference between American women and French/Italian/Brazilian women on the topic of when a woman’s beauty peaks.

Imagine looking in the mirror at 25 and believing that it’s all downhill from there. Yes, I’d rather be French!

Age of Ideal Beauty

Dove (Campaign for Ideal Beauty) asked the question ‘what is the age of ideal beauty’? By country responses to the answer ‘twenties’ were:

USA 48%; GBR 41%; FRA 11%; ITA 16%; BRA 18%.

Conversely, by country responses to the answer ‘forties” were:

USA 12%; GBR 22%; FRA 39%; ITA 38%; BRA31%.

Simply stated, American women believe that we reach the age of ‘ideal’ beauty before 30. We are ALONE in that belief among women around the world. The British women aren’t far behind us, and both groups have a staggeringly different self-perceptions than French, Italian and Brazilian women.
 
Serious and Sexless

In some respects, American women have themselves to blame.

Strong cohorts within the American feminist movement branded women like myself as traitors, simply because I never gave up shaving my legs and cared about my looks. As for wearing stilettos … well I was considered a hopeless sellout to the patriarchy.

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Tuesday
Mar092010

Victoria's Secret Models | Skinny to Curvy

Today’s Daily Mail’s article about Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is great, because it underscores what happens when women visually compare themselves to the thinnest woman.

Part of a Victoria’s Secret threesome, my first reaction on seeing Ambrosio is that the other Victoria’s Secret models Doutzen Kroes and Brooklyn Decker look pretty hefty — translated gorgeously healthy but visibly curvier.

In women’s relentless body-image self-scrutiny, it all depends on who you’re standing next to — or the image in the photo.

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