Regarding Female Cattiness


RE: Female Cattiness

I was browsing earlier today when I came across the following post:

The Victoria’s Secret Casting Sounds Like Hell on Earth

That’s right, not only are these women models, they’re Victoria’s Secret models. They have to do that whole model thing in underwear, heels and various other potentially catastrophic accoutrements. If you read the article, you’ll learn that to excel in their chosen profession, these models dehydrate themselves and eat only baby food to prep for VS casting and runway shows.

Personally, I clicked the link and read because I was curious to see what a Victoria’s Secret casting would be like. I was interested in learning how horrific it could get. What I needed, was to know that life sucks for all of us, even the gorgeous. What I read, however, was just a description of what these models have to do to their bodies in order to get ready for a Victoria’s secret runway show.


By the time I got done reading the post, I had a few things to say. I typed out this big, long comment and then I couldn’t post it. I tried everything and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get the comment to display under the post. Maybe it was a glitch or maybe Jezebel didn’t like my dissent.

Since I couldn’t post my comments on their site, I figured why not share them here, with you.

This post flat-out irked me because it came off as catty. It sounded like some chick with low self-esteem talking shit about the pretty girls in order to make herself feel better. Granted, I have no clue if that’s the case, that’s just how it came across.

My questions for every woman who felt the need to leave an incredulous comment lined with a thin layer of bitchiness and contempt, are as follows:

  1. How did you think the models achieved those inhuman bodies?
  2. Did you really think they were simply born with exceptional genes?
  3. Seriously?

I don’t, however, agree that these models are metaphorical athletes at the top of their game, as Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou (the show’s creative director) suggests. Regardless, it’s their job so why do any of us care? Also, why do we need Neophitou-Apostolou to admit that it’s (VS runway model casting) about being thin? These women are models, their height and weight factor into every job, these numbers are critical to their careers. OF COURSE weight is a factor, but she can’t say that ’cause clearly that pisses us mortal women off.

Why can’t us chicks ever have one another’s backs? Why must we always crucify the pretty?



  1. I’m a little late to the party here. Two things struck me about this: 1) According to the article, how the models prepare for an event seems similar to how body builders and figure competitors prepare for shows. Healthy/not-healthy is not my point here, but that the macronutrient manipulation and dehydration is temporary to look as good as possible for those few hours. 2) A trickle of insider accounts from former models generally say their actual diet and practices were vastly different (and horrifyingly like literal starvation) from what they would tell the press. So, I’m not really sure we can always believe what they say they are eating here, or that these practices are temporary for a major show.

    The problem I have with the Jezebel article, is that I think it focuses the criticism in the wrong place – at the models and their practices instead of at the environment that produces and encourages these practices. I’ve read the arguments for why models need to be so thin. I just don’t think they hold water. Challenging the culture of thin is good. Criticism of someone’s personal choices is not.

    1. I agree, now that you put it that way. They are only submitting themselves to this diet/dehydration thing for a finite amount of time so I see what you mean. You’re right, it could well be medically sound I suppose a doctor or nutritionist would know best cause I sure as hell won’t do the research required to figure that out for sure. I’m a lazy bastard :(

      I also agree 100% that the criticism is focused on the wrong aspect of the situation. We have spawned a society that values a very distorted body image. The messages we send to kids are getting increasingly out of whack, beauty standards especially. Making people (men and women) believe that they must live up to an unnatural standard in order to have any self worth is pretty shitty. I think we’ve all suffered from the distorted view the media gives us of how we should look and live.

    1. How do you mean?

      What I don’t understand is why we can’t just level with kids. You know, tell them: “This look is not natural to most human beings and they do a lot of really crazy things to make themselves look like that. They’re professionals and they train their bodies to be good at their jobs. It’s not normal for the rest of us.” I think kids are smarter than we give them credit for. Conversely, walking around in denial about models and how they achieve their bodies seems like it would confuse the kids, but hey…what do I know. I’m not a parent. :)