The supermodel took to Instagram to share her revised outlook on body image.
Today, Adriana Lima revealed her refreshed thinking on being upheld as a typecast by which other women are to look like in order to be beautiful, and, the impact it has on these women. In her inspiring Instagram post, the model who has been best known for walking the Victoria’s Secret runway for 18 years called for change: “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 realised that majority of woman probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/socialmedia/fashion etc imposed”. Sincerely, Lima mentions her own mentality when it comes to her appearance and it’s this that many women today can relate to. Thankfully, Adrian Lima is the first model that fits the stereotypical ideal of beautiful and yet is refusing to add to the damage this ideal causes to women, and perhaps, herself.
💜I had received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared in social media. 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, 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/socialmedia/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 of my clothes anymore for a empty cause…..💜✨ #Embraceyouself #natureisbeautiful #naturalissexy #LOVEYOU 💜✨
Whilst many are deliberating whether or not the term ’empty causes’ means that Lima will no longer be taking part in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, it’s important to recognise that her announcement has created the opportunity to better develop body positivity in mainstream fashion and media. Perhaps, in the future, models such as Adriana Lima will no longer be epitomised, but instead, will be equally placed amongst the diverse variety of body shapes and sizes that should be included in any celebration of beauty.