Michaela Stark: On Control and Beauty

Remember when the annual Victoria’s Secret lingerie parade was the fashion Olympics? Models (predominately white) of improbable proportions would starve themselves in the hope of donning the coveted VS “Angel Wings” for a parade that became a televised event with a live audience (12 million at its peak) peopled with rock stars, celebrities and sports stars. That is until 2018, when the then marketing chief remarked he would not cast a plus‑sized or trans model in the show because the show is a “fantasy”. In short, VS was cancelled. 

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