Jessie Williams // Contributing writer
After the turkey has been put to bed and Thanksgiving leftovers have met their match, people normally start getting out their Christmas gear in preparation for the jolly holiday that’s right around the corner.
Then there are people like me, the small handful that celebrates one more holiday before Christmas hits: the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The annual show airs one time only in December, and most fashion freaks like myself can’t wait. We stalk social media for hints about what new Angels will get their wings, what exclusive products will be released and which musicians will be hitting the stage.
I’ve heard people complain that half-naked women trotting around in lingerie shouldn’t be shown on family television. The funny thing is, most people who say this haven’t seen one show for themselves.
The show airs when most 6-to-12-year-olds should be in bed, so it isn’t necessarily “family television,” nor has it ever claimed to be. Also, some of the same people who make these statements don’t care about gathering the family together to watch the MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, or other award shows that are full of derogatory and definitely not child-appropriate content. Why is it okay to watch these shows with their families but protest others that aren’t half as bad?
Why is watching beautiful, confident women walk down a runway in tasteful and stylish attire such a bad thing? Girls are told to embrace their bodies, and yet people act like women being comfortable in their own skin shouldn’t be shown on TV.
I love the show because it’s the one fashion event of the year that invites the whole world: You don’t have to have an exclusive pass or know someone who knows someone to get into the show. It’s right there on your TV, and everyone has a front-row seat. No other fashion brand or designer has done that.
I may not get to go to New York Fashion Week and see all the cool fashion shows, but, thanks to Victoria’s Secret, I can experience it in my own way once a year. I get to see backstage footage, some of my favorite artists and models and, for an hour I feel like I’m sitting right there.
As a model and fashion junkie, this is one of the best nights in fashion to experience. I look forward to it all year – and every year is different. To me, the women don’t seem as sexy as they do artistic, telling a story through their attire.
So what do I have to say to all the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show haters? Open your mind, take a deep breath, watch the show and then let me know if you still think the same.
If you do, then maybe the fashion world just isn’t for you.
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