We women don’t have it easy. From the minute we hit puberty, our looks and demeanour are put under the ruthless glare of society. The way we look, talk and behave are judged by family members, acquaintances and even strangers. Beauty standards are always shifting and becoming harder and harder to achieve. Brazilian model and coveted VS angel, Adriana Lima, is just as tired as all of us are of all this pressure society puts on us. She spoke out about it this week on social media.
“I have received a call for the possibility of filming a sexy video of me to be posted and shared on social media. Even though I have done many of this type, something has changed in me,” stated Lima in a lengthy Instagram post. She continued to explain that what caused her to change was a conversation with a friend of hers who told her she always felt unhappy about her body. “Every day 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 women probably wake up every morning trying to fit in a stereotype that society/socialvmedia/fashion/etc. imposed. That’s not physically and mentally healthy,” explained Lima.
?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 ?✨
Lima did not actually elaborate on whether or not that means that she will be leaving Victoria’s Secret, but she did state that she is “tired of impositions” and that she, as a woman, cannot “continue living in a world with such superficial values.”
I am glad that we live at a time where this important conversation is taking place; where women feel empowered to speak out against sexism. The modeling industry is notorious for its brutal standards and its sexist agenda, and Lima’s decision to speak out against its unfairness is a definite step forward. The fact of the matter is that silence breeds conformity and that conformity will only add more injustice to women in society. It is about time we all spoke our minds.