Thursday 5 March 2015

'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

Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima
Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Joan Smalls walks the runway wearing Gown with Swarovski Crystalsat the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Doutzen Kroes walks the runway wearing Harness with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Hilary Rhoda walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model Lais Ribeiro walks the runway wearing Beaded Bustier with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model Ieva Laguna walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

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.

Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Magdalena Frackowiak walks the runway wearing bodysuit using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Models at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Constance Jablonski walks the runway wearing Bodysuit using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Lily Donaldson walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Karlie Kloss walks the runway wearing Bodysuit using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Erin Heatherton walks the runway wearing Skirt with Swarovski Crystalsat the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Barbara Fialho walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Barbara Fialho walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Toni Garrn walks the runway wearing corset using Swarovski Crystals
Adriana Lima at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Constance Jablonski walks the runway wearing Bodysuit using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Erin Heatherton walks the runway wearing Skirt with Swarovski Crystalsat the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Models at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Models at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Model Lily Aldridge walks the runway wearing corset using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Joan Smalls walks the runway wearing Gown with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Karlie Kloss walks the runway wearing Bodysuit using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Kelly Gale walks the runway wearing Corset with Swarovski Crystalsat the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Cara Delevingne walks the runway wearing Corset dress with Swarovski Crystalsat the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Kelly Gale walks the runway wearing Corset with Swarovski Crystalsat at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Adriana Lima walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Elsa Hosk walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Cindy Bruna walks the runway wearing Bolero and Corset with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Sara Sampaio walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Model Joan Smalls walks the runway wearing Gown with Swarovski Crystalsat the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway wearing the Corset using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Sara Sampaio walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Ming Xi walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Josephine Skriver walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Model Malaika Firth walks the runway at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Jacquelyn Jablonski walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Ieva Laguna walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Izabel Goulart walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Model Maria Borges walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Izabel Goulart walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Ming Xi walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Caroline Brasch Nielsen walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Josephine Skriver walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Model Martha Hunt walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Jacquelyn Jablonski walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Erin Heatherton walks the runway wearing Designer Collection bra and matching panty using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Erin Heatherton walks the runway wearing Designer Collection bra and matching panty using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Doutzen Kroes walks the runway wearing Harness with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway wearing the Corset using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway wearing the 3-D corset, Bustle arm and headpeice made using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Model Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway wearing the 3-D corset, Bustle arm and headpeice made using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Barbara Fialho walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Devon Windsor walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Taylor Swift performs and model Karlie Kloss walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Taylor Swift performs at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway wearing the -D corset, Bustle arm and headpeice made using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Alessandra Ambrosio walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Model Lindsay Ellingson walks the runway wearing the 3-D corset, Bustle arm and headpeice made using Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift performs at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Taylor Swift performs at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show
Toni Garrn walks the runway at the 2013 Victorias Secret Fashion Show

The Victoria's Secret models aren't your average size zero, concave stomached supermodels - they are the epitome of health.

And it shows.

Candice Swanepoel gives us a sneak peek of the new Victoria Secret video. (Instagram/CandiceSwanepoel)
Candice Swanepoel gives us a sneak peek of the new Victoria Secret video. (Instagram/CandiceSwanepoel)
Model Bar Refaeli wake-boards for her workout. (Instagram/Baer Refaeli)
Ellie Goulding posts a 'healthy' with a comedy twist. (Instagram/EllieGoulding)
Gisele enjoys a coconut water. (Instagram/OfficialGisele)
Gisele takes in her surroundings as she practises yoga. (Instagram/OfficialGisele)
Millie Mackintosh shares her 'healthy' of her salmon and scrambled egg breakfast. (Instagram/MillieMackintosh)
Top model Bar Refaeli tones up her core. (Instagram/BarRefaeli)
Millie Mackintosh, now married to Professor Green, shows off her TRX skills. (Instagram/MillieMackintosh)
Millie, an avid fan of the 'healthy' trend, shows off her grilled shrimp lunch. (Instagram/MillieMackintosh)
Miranda Kerr works out for her 'healthy'... not even the fabulous views could distract us from Kerr! (Instagram/MirandaKerr)
American actress Ashley Tisdale posts a snapshot of her practising ballet to tone up. (Instagram/AshleyTisdale)
Nothing's too tough for Klum! Give her two dogs and a mountain, no problem. (Instagram/HeidiKlum)
Jessica Simpson is toning up by running in her 'healthy'. (Instagram/JessicaSimpson)
Australian fashion model Lara Bingle gives her workout the thumbs up. (Instagram/LaraBingle)
TOWIE's Lucy Mecklenburgh can lift weights and still manage to keep a grin on her face. (Instagram/LucyMecklenburgh)

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.

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