To date, there has been serious under representation of Asian or Asian American models on the Victoria’s Secret ramp which raises a lot of issues for some.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired on NBC on Tuesday and was watched by over 35 million worldwide. This year’s show featured 15 Victoria’s Secret Angels along with a great modelling line up.
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Lily Aldridge was the Angel who exhibited the Fantasy Bra worth $2 million and 75 different runway looks from the catalogue. Among the glitter and the well-toned bodies of all the models, one thing did not go unnoticed.
According to HuffingtonPost, among the 30 plus models, there was hardly any Asian or Asian American models walking the ramp in the designs of the company solely focused on women. Critics and writers pointed out in their own respective ways that even after 15 years, there was still no Asian model among the Victoria’s Secret Angels.
Another writer said that as an Asian American, it was really disappointing that there was no representation of the Asian minority in the lineup. The last Asian woman to walk on the VS ramp was Liu Wen.
She got a lot of attention for her appearance but even she was not an Angel. This representation is not only limited to the fashion show. The female representation of Asian ethnicity is miniscule.
There are rarely any Asian women in authority. Only one Asian woman made it to Forbes Top 100 millionaires list. There is no Asian woman in the position of CEO or even in the Supreme Court.
While many argue that this representation is unfair, there is a counter argument that it was good that Asian women were not getting negative stigmatization for once. Asian women have been stigmatized in the past.
China dolls, geishas, bar hostesses and hula dancers are the labels usually associated with the Asian ethnicity. This representation made the Asian women seem like objects that were existing solely to please others.
Essentially, Victoria’s Secret is a pleasing spectacle for most of the male audience and the exclusion of Asian women is a positive sign that they are not seen as objects any more.
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Still those hoping for the models to be featured in the show say that any media outlet at this time would be helpful in making people aware of the ethnic group they think is seriously under represented.