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Bella Hadid Confirms That Yep, Modelling For Victoria's Secret Is Actually Kinda Crap

"I never felt powerful."

Working for Victoria’s Secret would be a dream come true for most aspiring models, but according to Bella Hadid, it’s not as great as it’s cracked up to be.

During a recent onstage interview at the Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris, Hadid admitted she had never felt comfortable modelling underwear until she walked the runway for Rihanna wearing Savage x Fenty lingerie.

Bella Hadid walks the runway for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime Video on September 10, 2019. Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images

“Rihanna’s amazing,” she said. “For me, that was the first time on a runway that I felt really sexy.”

“When I first did Fenty, I was doing other lingerie shows and I never felt powerful on a runway, like, in my underwear,” she added.

While Hadid never directly mentions Victoria’s Secret, her comments sound as though they reference the underwear giant, whom she’s walked the runway three times. 

Bella Hadid walks the runway at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on November 8, 2018 in New York City.
Credit: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

The reason Hadid preferred her experience modelling for Savage X Fenty was because Rihanna allowed her to “walk any way she wanted.” 

“I like being another character. I think at this point I don’t necessarily love being myself sometimes,” she said. “Sometimes on the runway you get either nervous or you forget how your legs move.”

It’s no surprise Hadid felt a sense of freedom modelling for Rihanna. Since launching last year, Savage X Fenty has been making waves in the fashion industry for focusing on diversity and inclusion in its celebration of all women’s bodies.

“Every woman deserves to feel sexy. We are sexy, we are multi-faceted and I want women to embrace that to the fullest,” Rihanna said during the premiere of her 2019 Savage X Fenty show on Amazon Prime.

Sadly, it sounds like RiRi’s vision for her brand is a far cry from the public’s perception of Victoria’s Secret. In 2017, a consumer study conducted by Wells Fargo found that 68% of respondents said they liked Victoria’s Secret less than they used to and 60% said they think the brand feels “forced” or “fake.”

The negative press surrounding Victoria’s Secret in recent years hasn’t helped, either. Last year, the lingerie brand found itself in hot water after CEO Ed Razek made a series of insensitive comments about transgender and plus-size models.

Judging by Hadid’s comments, it sounds like Victoria’s Secret’s lack of inclusivity and diversity is starting to affect more than just their customers.

Can We Please Get The Queen's Hot Take On Harry Styles' Jumper?

We're feeling sheepish about this.

In the last few years, Harry Styles has bid farewell to his cute, clean, cookie cutter boy band aesthetic. Nowadays, the singer is far more inclined to rock flares and heels than his former white tee and skinny jean ensemble. He’s even taking his style cues from the late great Princess Diana.

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Styles was photographed in NYC this week wearing a striped shirt and slacks, patent pink boots and a sweater vest covered in fuzzy sheep. Harry Styles jumper is iconic for a variety of reasons – firstly, JUST LOOK AT IT, and secondly, it’s a lovely nod to red sheep sweater Lady Di wore in the ‘80s.

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Princess Diana was arguably the greatest style icon of the 20th century. She was chic, classy and over the course of her time in the limelight, she boldly broke royal dress codes on many of her fashion choices.

Considering this – and his penchant for gender fluid fashion –  it’s no surprise Harry Styles jumper is taking a leaf out of Lady Di’s book (or wardrobe, to be specific).

It does, however, beg one big question: what would the Queen think of Styles jumper?

According to Good Housekeeping, Princess Diana had broken royal protocol a few times by the 1990s which put a strain on her relationship with The Queen, but it was Andrew Morton’s 1992 book Diana: Her True Story that really ruffled feathers.

After Diana was tragically killed in a car accident in 1997, her participation in the book became public knowledge and The Queen was allegedly “stunned,” that her daughter-in-law would air her “dirty linen in such a way.” 

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On closer inspection of Princess Diana’s sweater, amongst the white sheep there is one black sheep – if that’s not a reference to her feelings at the time, I don’t know what is. Shoutout to Harry Styles for celebrating Princess Diana like the beautiful, graceful trailblazer she was. 

Employers Ban Japanese Women From Wearing Glasses Cos Seeing Isn't 'Sexy'

Wait, what?

By now, we’ve all become familiar with the long list of unrealistic expectations women face on a daily basis. In order to look “pretty” or be “sexy” and “desirable,” women must subscribe to a certain “look,” and according to various Japanese employers, that also includes your prescription glasses.

According to Business Insider, various businesses around Japan – including department stores and beauty clinics – have banned women from wearing glasses. Why? Because apparently they make employees look “cold, unfriendly, unfeminine,” or – the most unbelievable – “too intelligent.”

An anonymous Japanese woman in her twenties who works as a receptionist at a major department store was told by her superior that “glasses are prohibited” at her place of work. 

“I told myself at that time that we weren’t allowed glasses because we needed to look feminine, that it just wouldn’t do to wear them,” she said. “Now that I think about it, perhaps it was that they wanted us all to look uniform, as though we were part of some kind of gymnastics squad.”

The woman said her vision without glasses was so bad she’d spend her entire break with her eyes shut just to relieve dryness and fatigue. “There are often mornings where I just think to myself, ‘I wish I could wear glasses.’”

She revealed that she was told “over and over I needed to look sweeter and more feminine,” and that certain types of makeup and hair colours were also banned, including glittery eye shadows, dark lipstick, coloured contact lenses and eyelash extensions. 

The worst part of all is that wearing glasses is reportedly totally acceptable for the male receptionists – but not the females.

“It seems like only women are being asked for the appearance of beauty and feminine that isn’t imposed on me,” she said. “I just don’t understand.”

Another woman, who also chose to remain anonymous, said she experienced the same rules working as a nurse at a beauty clinic in Japan. 

“I was told it would help boost sales, it would make me more convincing and I accepted it,” she said. “At the university hospital, we were judged based on our technique and knowledge but at beauty clinics, it was more about looks. I was a nurse but felt like I was being asked to be a sort of a doll.”

In South Korea, women facing similar social oppression have fought back with the “escape the corset” movement which is all about rejecting society’s expectation that women should have a “porcelain complexion, luxuriant long hair, lots of makeup and form-fitting dresses.”

It’s so important that movements like “escape the corset” exist to shine a light on how harmful the male gaze can be, and that women deserve to be treated as equals to their male counterparts. Oh, and that glasses are necessary for many people and do not have anything to do with how “feminine” or “intelligent” someone is.

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