Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tell me what you want what you really really want

This may be the prettiest Christmas tree I've ever seen!

Tonight, I settled in to watch the eagerly anticipated annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Once again this year, the top goddesses in the business took the runway to show off the lingerie line's latest collections. While the models were the main event, performances by among others, the Spice Girls, Will.i.am and Seal plus a star-studded front row did their best to show up the angelic beauties.

Selita Ebanks was the million dollar angel tonight sporting the $4.5 million Fantasy Bra. I watch this television extravaganza every single year. Why, you ask? Do I love to torment myself with the sight of absolutely perfect female bodies, draped in beautiful lingerie, looking like wintry wonders for an hour? Perhaps...it does wonders to motivate me to keep my butt going to the gym everyday. Let me say that I certainly don't snack while curled up to watch this show. Rather, I find myself doing sit ups during the commercial breaks and wishing I had their bodies more than the lingerie they're showing off.

Photos courtesy of CBS

Was it a co-incidence that The Biggest Loser was on just prior to the show? Hmmm....isn't it ironic? Don't you think? There was plenty to be envious of on television this evening.

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EDIT: (12/5/07) Matt wrote a post today in response to the fashion show called Everyone Ends Up Naked In The End. His points are clear as bells and ring very true. A little bit of confidence goes a long way. The beauty within is the most important part anyway.

11 comments:

Ross said...

As a guy I guess my opinion on this matter doesn't really.. matter. And I really don't think I'm saying something that you don't already know, but don't let those women make you feel like you're anything less than perfect the way you are. Finding inspiration is one thing, feeling guilty or thinking that those model freaks are the "normal" ones.. not as cool.

J @ Hollow-Star.net said...

Word. I remember watching Bring It On on TV once and having a pizza in front of me. Instead of eating a single slice, I busted out my jumprope and, yeah, some crunches during commercials.

Christine said...

This show is always fun to watch. I love that models always seem to be having a blast too. Last year's show was better though cause JT was performing, hahahaha.

Jennifer Stoddart said...

"feeling guilty or thinking that those model freaks are the "normal" ones.. not as cool."

You are very right about that, Ross. It's difficult to remember that they are not necessarily the norm, or representative of what the average woman looks like. We're bombarded with these images so often, it's hard not to kind of lose perspective on it sometimes.

Melissa and Chris said...

I watched it too (mostly to see the SG's perform) and I couldn't believe how long some of those legs were! Yeah, the snacks were put away....I did find some comfort in the fact that Chris (while on a study break) had no desire to watch it and was begging me to put it on The National instead. Hmmm....

gusgreeper said...

guilty, i watch it every year too. :)

Tashina said...

I'm so bummed that I missed the show! I've been a huge Karolina fan for years!

Anonymous said...

given your post about MM above, these pics seem a bit contradictory...

not only are they not the "average" woman, they are produced like any commodity.

Jennifer Stoddart said...

Anonymous, you're asbolutely right. It IS contradictory. That's the point really...the MM post is how I think it should be, rationally speaking. This post and these photos are about what the media tells us that we should think and how these images that we are bombarded with on a daily basis affect how we feel about our bodies. I would be a liar if I said I was completely unaffected by it. Personally, I think that Marilyn Monroe is the sexiest woman who has ever lived. I don't think size matters. However, that doesn't change the fact that when I see these stick thin models in lingerie, I feel like maybe I should look like that too. Trust me, the hypocrisy and contradiction of all of this are not lost on me. The struggle to feel content with oneself in this media driven culture is ongoing for many of us. Like most girls I know, I'm just doing my best to love and accept myself as I am. Shit like this gets in the way of it all the time.

Anonymous said...

agreed for sure; all women get wrapped up in it, women's clothes don't lend themselves to error, men's increment on size -- they can walk into any store and be a 34, same does not apply to women

its funny because when you get older (i am 36)you realize that time will get away from you and you won't turn heads forever, you'd better have something left of worth in all of it. and when it comes down to it, i like steak and wine and good food -- i have one life and i plan on enjoying it - i am one of the lucky ones

a bit off topic, but...

something i think is interesting is how we live in NA - a world with tons of food and unreal selection and we are also supposed to eat lettuce and hot water. it is truly astounding to me ...

i wonder what those in the Sudan would say about self-imposed starvation (i realize it is a disease) and what it means on a global scale about our humanity in NA

diet pet food is disturbing beyond words to me

Jennifer Stoddart said...

I'm all for enjoying life too. Yes, sometimes I may worry about what I look like or wish that I was tiny like those girls in the Victoria's Secret show, but at the end of the day being healthy is a bigger concern to me than being thin. I'm no size 2 and I won't starve myself to be one because I know that my size does not equal my worth. I enjoy eating good food, drinking good wine, and living a full life far too much for that.

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An interesting and valid question about Sudan's views of North American self imposed starvation.

I think that the pressure placed on us in North America is absolutely ridiculous. Imagine what could happen if, as a whole, we were focused on more productive things than what we look like and how much we weigh.