Top model and new VS Angel Barbara Palvin assumes beach goddess poses, clashed by Ben Watts on location in the Bahamas for Calzedonia summer Swim 2019 campaign. / Hair by Franco Gobbi; makeup by Christine Cherbonnier
AOC is a long-time fan of Barbara Palvin, whose body reminds us of the 90s, size 4-6 supermodels who ruled the world. Fashionistas who insist that a woman can never be too thin stirred up one heck of a controversy with assertions that VS should be congratulated for hiring Palvin as a plus-size model. I guess that Palvin looks like Ashley Graham, since Graham celebrates every ounce of her plus-size status.
Barbara Palvin looks great as a size 2 or 4, weighing about 120 pounds at 5’9”. To all the haters out there, who make any BMI above 18 ‘fat’, this nonsense should stop as it kills people and depresses everyone else. To her credit, Barbara Palvin handled the situation with grace, a smile and personal integrity on the subject. I’m certain that the vast majority of American women can celebrate Barbara Palvin as having a beautiful body. Forget men. It’s well known that men have a very definite opinion on this body type subject and Barbara Palvin fires up imaginations far and wide.
When America was much thinner back in the 90s, 25% of American women could achieve supermodel size 4-6 status (Cindy Crawford says she was a 6) by watching their diet and working out regularly. Now the # is 5-10% can achieve that size 0 status, and American women are becoming increasingly obese for multiple reasons.
AOC thought Barbara Palvin was perfect for VS years ago.
It’s also a fact that VS sales are plummeting — a financial analysis often offered often by AOC. Earnings dropped to $644 million in 2018 from $983 million in 2017 and $1253 million in 2015. This is a staggering drop in profitability and most analysts believe much of this trend is the fault of VS’s brand positioning that no longer resonates. I’ve preached the redefinition and expansion of what it means to be sexy vs sensual, sexy vs. smart, sexy vs. a caring, engaged, global woman of any age (think Parkland students) for years, and I regret that my predictions are correct. VS is stuck in a man’s world — and even that’s changing when the subject is women.
Read on by Walter Loeb at Forbes, April 19, 2019: Victoria’s Secret’s Sexy Positioning Is No Longer Alluring.