Adriana Lima makes surprising career announcement: 'I will not take off my clothes anymore for an empty cause'
Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima is raising the bar when it comes to taking off her clothes.
The 26-year-old supermodel is synonymous with the lingerie giant as their longest running Angel, but made a surprising statement on Saturday, in which she declared she will no longer take her clothes off "for an empty cause", saying she wants to be part of a more body positive change.
"I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media," she wrote on Instagram. "Even though I have done many of this type, something had changed in me, when a friend approached me to share that she was unhappy with her body."
Lima, who has two daughters with ex-husband Marko Jarić , said she wants to draw the focus away from her body and focus on being healthier and wants to start the change in the industry.
She added: "Then it made me think.... that everyday in my life, I wake up thinking, how do I look? Was I going to be accepted in my job? And in that moment I realized that majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/social media/fashion etc imposed.... I thought that's not a way of living and beyond that.... that's not physically and mentally healthy, so I decided to make that change..... I will not take [off] my clothes anymore for [an] empty cause.....✨ #Embraceyouself #natureisbeautiful #naturalissexy #LOVEYOU."
She was applauded by fellow angels Lily Aldridge and Josephine Skriver.
She also wrote, "My job puts me in such big pressure to look a certain way. I was thinking, how can we [women] have to carry so much..... I am tired of the impositions, we 'as [women]' can't be continuing living in a world with such superficial values, it's not fair for us, to behave, to look......I want to change it, on the name of my grandma, my mother, and all her ancestors that have been labeled, pressured, misunderstood. And has to live according to Society... I will make that change... I will start with me."
Lima previously said she wanted to work with the brand until she was at least 40 or "as long as my body allows me", adding, "if I can stay longer, I will."