While some new lingerie brands have been targeting their marketing campaigns to appeal to the average sizing female, some industry insiders are wondering if Victorias Secret( VS) seems to be taking the opposite tack, use skinnier models than they have in the past.
Current Angel Elsa Hosk came under fire on Instagram this week after posting a picture of herself topless that some adherents blamed because of Hosk’s seriously slim frame. Commenters wrote a slew messages for the supermodel like, “Girl you gotta eat something you’re skinny as hell, ” “Homegirl needs a burger, ” and “way too skinny.”
Hosk, who started working for VS in 2015, isn’t the only model who seems to be a deviation from the lingerie seller’s previous claims of featuring curvy gals( at least in its relationship with typical sizing 0 fashion models .) Svelte models Jasmine Tookes and Georgia Fowler started working with the style retailer in 2015 and 2016. In the past, the brand used to feature more curvaceous models like Tyra Banks, Stephanie Seymour and Laetitia Casta.
“The models do appear thinner, but then again, they’ve always been thin, brand expert Scott Pinsker told Fox News. What’s interesting is that these Victoria’s Secret models are marketing to other women, so it’s less a commentary on what men find attractive, and more about the idealized notion of beauty in the eyes of American women.”
President of Boston-based Maggie Models, Robert Casey, says the lingerie retailer has always sold fantasy , not reality.
Everything about their marketing from the design of their stores, to the lavish runway depicts, to the Michael Bay directed commercials, to the pearl encrusted fantasy bras showcases an over the top, heightened sense of current realities, Casey said. Their price point and extensive locatings appeal to the average female, but nothing about their marketing has ever presumed to have any relation to an average woman.
Chris Applebaum, a director known in part for his sexy Carls Jr. commercials starring voluptuous models like Charlotte McKinney and Kate Upton, concurred, telling Fox News: Most people know theres a difference between Victorias Secret Angel supermodels and the rest of the population.
These days the lingerie field is more crowded than ever , and trying lots of new approaches. In 2014, Aerie announced it would stop airbrushing their models and began to feature girls like plus size model Iskra Lawrence dubbing this as the #AerieReal campaign. They stuck to their new business model and assured a 20 percentage increase in sales in 2016.
Another brand, Lonely, also started a social media campaign #LonelyGirlsProject where women of all shapes and sizes could post pictures of themselves wearing the lingerie. The brand gained attention when actresses Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke posed in the lingerie for an unretouched photoshoot in 2016.
Rob Shuter, pop culture expert and editor in chief of NaughtyGossip.com, said even though there is a push for brands to showcase all body kinds, VS will do what it takes to keep raking in the cash. And they know what theyre doing. The company constructed $1.8 billion in 2016, according to Digital Commerce 360.
VS is a profit business, said Shuter. They will use whoever they guess will sell more underwear.
Applebaum credited Victorias Secrets continued success for their brand loyalty, regardless of which models they use.
I applaud the promotion of all body forms. I think its important for brands to remain true to their core customer, core principals, and company values, Applebaum explained. Once you deviate from that you confuse customers, lose customers, and muddy the message of your brand.
Victoria’s Secret did not respond with a comment for this article.
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