'The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is just as relevant to women as it is for men', says Caitlin McBride
Published 14/11/2013 | 18:03
The first thing I thought to myself this morning was, 'I can't wait to see the pictures from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last night'.
Yes, this is my life.
I could justify this rather embarrassing statement by saying that I work in the media, in particular, in entertainment, but the reality is if I wasn't in the line of work that I am; I would be just as excited.
For any fashion follower, it's the highlight of the year, and it's become just as important for women as it is for men keen to ogle some of the most beautiful women on the planet.
It's an easy feminist issue for those who push their militant views at the first sign of a woman in her underwear.
Underwear is a necessity, I don't feel I should remind critics.
The Victoria's Secret models aren't your average size zero, concave stomached supermodels - they are the epitome of health.
And it shows.
Casting agents for the brand are constantly informed of their models' exercise regimes in order to ensure they are healthy as possible.
Anyone who is familiar with the annual show can testify that the models are winners of the genetic lottery.
They are a far cry from beauty pageant contestants who are famous for indulging in plastic surgery and crash diets.
When Candice Swanepoel, who modelled the $10m 'Fantasy Bra' in the show this year, came under fire last year for being too skinny, she promptly regained her healthier figure within weeks and constantly uploads photos of her working out and drinking healthy smoothies on her Instagram account.
We live in a world where models exist, whether you like it or not, and it's important for the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge to maintain a higher standard than the long-limbed, heroin chic models which fill the runways and magazine pages.
Kroes even addressed self-esteem issues among teenage girls.
"Sometimes it makes me feel guilty now that I am in this profession that makes certain girls insecure. I always say, I don't look like the picture. If you put me in bad light with no hair and make-up, it's not good," she modestly told the New York Post.
Each model is open about their intensive exercise regimes and speak about the importance of putting only good things in their bodies.
You never see them drinking, falling out of clubs, smoking cigarettes or doing drugs.
Not only are their positive role models in my opinion, they are the underdogs of the role model realm.
The reason they are tossed aside?
They pose in their underwear for a living.
If I had a daughter, i know I'd prefer her to look up to an Angel rather than Rihanna or Miley Cyrus, who exploit their looks to sell records, all while writing about the joys of drug use and overindulgence in general.
Victoria's Secret is not a feminist issue - they are a service which caters to a basic need for women.
Women need to wear underwear on a daily basis, and this lingerie giant provide that service in style.
The fact that they were opening their first Irish store at Dublin Airport and the subsequent fanfare on social media about the opening proves that Irish women are just as susceptible to the excitement of the fashion show are as the rest of the world.
Now, I'm under no illusion that I will look the same in Victoria's Secret as the Angels do, but I know if I hit the gym and dieted they way they do, I'd at least have a shot at looking halfway
None of these women claim to be naturally skinny, Adriana Lima has even spoken about the lengths she goes to in order to maintain her model physique; which includes twice-daily workouts, drinking gallons of water (literally) every day and a high-protein diet.
As the old adage goes, 'The harder you work, the luckier you get' is applicable regardless of your line of work.