Deze Victoria’s Secret modellen doen een boekje open over het modellenbestaan
Als je Victoria’s Secret Angels ziet, dan verwacht je niet snel dat zij zich ooit onzeker zouden voelen over hun figuurtjes. Maar als het om lichaamsbeeld gaat, dan zijn er goede en slechte dagen – óók voor de Angels. Het zijn tenslotte ook maar mensen.
In tegenstelling tot ‘gewone’ modellen, gaan deze dames op de catwalk vrijwel helemáál uit de kleren. Over druk gesproken. Deze Victoria’s Secret modellen doen daarom een boekje open over het modellenbestaan; van onzekerheden tot hoe ze zich wél volledig kunnen inleven in de rol die op dat moment van hen gevraagd wordt.
“People need to realize that models get [professional] hair and makeup, incredible lighting, and we know how to pose. I’ve been doing this job for almost 10 years so I know how my body looks good from different angles. But I don’t look like that in real life. I’m like every other girl; there are things I wish I could change about my body, but I try not to think about them too much.” — The Edit, 2016
“I can’t say that when I was younger I was totally confident. The industry is hard, and when you’re an unknown model, you could either get great jobs or be rejected. Rejection is never easy, but you have to have grit in order to keep going and hold your head high. Becoming an adult and having children has helped me become more confident in who I am as a woman. I’ve become more self-aware and understanding of my strengths on a deeper level, which helps me become more confident on the outside. So my best advice is to forget everything and everyone, and just feel good.” — Byrdie, 2016
“After having Anja I only had three months to lose all the weight [before doing the 2008 Victoria’s Secret show] and I was on this 1,200-calorie-a-day meal-delivery service that I hated. I couldn’t do that again. [Show prep generally] is so stressful… there’s so much pressure on us all — not just in terms of shape — and the energy gets sucked out of you, so my favorite thing to do afterwards is dance all night long.” — Elle, 2016
“The secret to body confidence for me is obviously working out and doing as much as I can, staying healthy at the same time, doing as much I can for the show, and knowing I tried my best… And knowing what attributes you have to show off.” — She Knows, 2012
“You don’t want to overthink it; you want to still be yourself, but you want to be the best version of yourself. I work out, train really hard, and eat healthy food. You don’t want to be too thin; you want to be fit and a good example of a feminine woman’s body.” — Hamptons Magazine, 2015
“A lot of times I wake up and I tell my boyfriend, ‘Babe, the last thing I want to do right now is shoot lingerie, I had pizza last night, I’m on my fucking period, I just don’t want to go in front of the camera right now.’ Honestly, when you’re exposed in lingerie all the time, you have to find a way to quickly get comfortable with your body. I’ve just learned that when I have an imperfect day, it’s not going to help me to stress about it.” — Self, 2016
“I’m a woman, of course I still have curves on me, and that’s OK. I had a baby and I’ve worked hard. And I don’t think women should have to feel that kind of pressure. I’ve done it really healthfully, and I took my time. Even though four months is really fast. I think you have to ignore those things, because I’m a human, and I did as much as I can.” — Huffington Post, 2012
“For me, sexy is when I’m happy. Staying positive, like waking up and deciding the day is good. That’s when I feel the most sexy.” — AOL, 2016
“Modeling for me is like acting. So if I feel sexy in the underwear, I can perform. I wear the clothes, I have the hair and makeup. I just open up.” — Vogue UK, 2015
“On the one hand, I would love to be an Angel, but on the other hand, you have to be all year round sleek and bikini-ready and that is not so easy for me… Every day I should exercise and really pay attention to my diet. If I ever do get the opportunity, I would grab it, of course, but it would not be easy for me.” — Vogue Nederland, 2014 (vlak voordat ze een Angel werd)