At a time when the Internet is filled with stories from women who have been , when instances of sexism and sexual assault are finally being taken to task, when the body positive movement is gaining major momentum, Vogue made the decision to publish an online article titled "The Best Victoria's Secret Bodies of All Time, From Gisele Bündchen to Bella Hadid."
Needless to say, the Internet had some thoughts.
The article features a gallery of images of different models over the years—comparing their looks and outfits while also noting that the annual fashion show has favored more muscular and athletic bodies since its inception in 1995. The post didn't criticize any specific model's body; it was the ranking itself that made many Twitter users quick to accuse Vogue of body-shaming.
But again…why are we comparing women’s bodies???
— Hannah Wiley (@hannahcwiley) November 29, 2017
Others found the post shockingly tone deaf, considering the intense spotlight on sexual assault and sexual harassment in the headlines right now.
With everything that's going on with sexual harassment and assault, your editor(s) seem tone deaf. Your magazine should attempt to boost self-esteem not destroy it. #DoBetterVogue
— Indie Christina (@Christi49738072) November 28, 2017
Many social media users also pointed out that focusing only on looks sets women up to develop eating disorders and an unhealthy relationship with their body.
Good Lord, do we really have to ask ourselves anymore why women have the self esteem issues they have. 99% of us couldn’t even look like the lowest ranked of these women no matter how hard we tried. STOP RANKING WOMEN BASED ON APPEARANCE!
— Victoria Swier (@ToriSwier) November 28, 2017
We get how ranking the "best" bodies is rubbing so many people the wrong way. First, no body is better than another; all bodies are beautiful. It seems regressive and wrong to take a group of women and rate their physical appearance—especially for a fashion magazine. Our bodies help us do amazing things, and that's what we should be celebrating.