If you’ve been on Instagram lately or you’re a fan of Victoria’s Secret, then you know tonight is the “sexiest” night on television. It’s that time of year again when girls all over the world curl up on their couches to watch supermodels strut their stuff on the runway wearing incredibly ornate lingerie and let’s not forget about the wings! Oh, the wings!
I’m not going to lie to you, I have the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show set to record. Every year I watch in awe. I love it! The creativity, the beauty, and the designs are absolutely captivating. And can we talk about The Weeknd performing in the background? It’s just a brilliant collaboration!
But let’s be honest. All of what you’re seeing is a precisely calculated marketing strategy. Victoria’s Secret wants you in the store the next day searching for the diamond-crusted push-up bra, and sadly, they don’t give a damn about your self-esteem.
But I do… I care, and I have a very specific message for every girl watching the fashion show tonight. There are a few things you need to know.
It’s ok to appreciate the beauty of it all and the incredible, $12 million production that it is. You might even envy the bone structure or the physique of the models but you need to know what true beauty really looks like.
True beauty comes from within. Who you are on the inside – your energy, your spirit, your innate gifts and abilities, your strength, and how you treat people is what makes you beautiful.
It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend at the gym, how much makeup you own, or how “sexy” your bra is. All of it is meaningless unless you understand your worth and realize that what kind of person you are on the inside is what defines your beauty.
Brands like Victoria’s Secret work very hard to make you believe the opposite. Their objective is to make you think that you need their product in order to be beautiful. I fall for it all the time. In fact, a good chunk of my content is beauty product blogging! And sometimes we do feel more beautiful when we’re wearing beautiful things, but it’s all worthless unless you love the person underneath the makeup or in this case, the Victoria’s Secret bra.
So if you’re one of the 500 million people expected to tune in tonight, remember that beauty is not just what you see on your TV screen. It’s not just what you wear or how you look. Beauty comes from within. It’s loving and accepting every part of who you are.